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US spying went beyond Merkel, ministers targeted: report

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (front) delivers a speech as German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a session at the Bundestag lower house of parliament on July 1, 2015 in BerlinNew documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers, the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday. German-US relations were badly strained after fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed widespread US foreign surveillance, although a probe into the alleged tapping of Merkel’s mobile phone was dropped last month over a lack of evidence. It said whistleblowing website WikiLeaks had shown it a list of 69 phone numbers that were reportedly targeted, belonging to ministers and senior officials.

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