Germany spies on Albania to monitor 'organised crime'

The emblem of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) at the entrance of the Mangfall baracks in Bad Aibling, on June 6, 2014Germany’s secret service has been spying on Albania for years to keep tabs on “organised crime”, Der Spiegel claimed on Saturday, days after it was revealed that Berlin had been eavesdropping on Turkey. In a report to be published Sunday, the German weekly says that even before Albania joined NATO in 2009, it was on the BND intelligence service’s list of “key states” to monitor. The report, seen by AFP ahead of publication, comes just a week after Der Spiegel revealed that German intelligence listened in on at least one phone conversation made by US Secretary of State John Kerry and had spied on NATO ally Turkey since 2009.

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