Germany expels top US intelligence official

Germany expels top US intelligence official

Posted: Updated:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said allies spying on each other is a waste of energy. (Source: FOX) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said allies spying on each other is a waste of energy. (Source: FOX)

LONDON (FOX) - The diplomatic fight between Germany and the U.S. escalated on Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expelling the top U.S. intelligence official in her country.

The German government said it has not been getting the cooperation it needs from the NSA.

"The government has ordered the representative of the U.S. intelligence agencies here in Germany to leave the country as a reaction to the ongoing failure to cooperate to resolve the various allegations, starting with the NSA and up to the latest incidents," said Clemens Binniger, chairman of a parliamentary committee that oversees intelligence services.

Merkel criticized the U.S. intelligence community for what she calls a breach of faith among allies.

"Spying on allies is a waste of energy in the end. We have so many problems, and I think we should concentrate on the essentials," she said.

The Obama administration is still refusing to confirm or deny the spying allegations.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council said "our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe."

Meanwhile in London, Prime Minister David Cameron is mustering support for new laws that would allow British intelligence agencies to monitor and retain cell phone data in the same way the NSA does.

"Failure to act now would fundamentally undermine our capability to counter a range of threats to the safety of our citizens, and I will not stand by and let that happen," Cameron said.

One man in Germany has been arrested and another is under investigation.

They're suspected of working for U.S. intelligence agencies.

Copyright 2014 FOX. All rights reserved.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Central American leaders convening at White House

    Central American leaders convening at White House

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:55:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...More >>
    President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the...More >>
  • Australia, Netherlands start to secure crash site

    Australia, Netherlands start to secure crash site

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:46:11 GMT
    The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.More >>
    A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators walked the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down as their governments prepared police detachments that will try to protect the crash area...More >>
  • Officials: 3 Palestinians killed in West Bank

    Officials: 3 Palestinians killed in West Bank

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:46:08 GMT
    An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.More >>
    Palestinian hospital officials say three Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, which has become increasingly restive because of a war between Israel and Hamas militants next door in the Gaza Strip.More >>
Powered by WorldNow