Kerry, Germans to meet on spying episodes

Kerry, Germans to meet on spying episodes

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden said the U.S. had eavesdropped on cell phone calls made by German leader Angela Merkel. (Source: FOX) NSA leaker Edward Snowden said the U.S. had eavesdropped on cell phone calls made by German leader Angela Merkel. (Source: FOX)

LONDON (FOX) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has some major smoothing-over to do this weekend.

He's set to meet with his German counterpart amid growing tensions over espionage and trust between friends.

It is a major rift with an important ally of the U.S., Germany, and it involves spying.

It was revealed last week an official working for Germany's foreign intelligence service was selling secrets to the U.S.

This week it emerged a staffer in its defense ministry was also being investigated for spying.

Prompting Germany to take the unusual step, for a close ally, of kicking out the top U.S. spy in Germany, the CIA station chief.

"Spying on allies is a waste of energy in the end. We have so many problems and I think we should focus on the important things," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

This is not the first falling out between Germany and the U.S. over espionage.

Last year's Edward Snowden NSA revelations showed that the U.S. had been involved in a lot of eavesdropping on German officials, including the cell phone calls of Merkel herself.

"This has been going on for a year and the Germans have made it very clear that this is something they want the U.S. to address and the administration keeps blowing them off," said Steven Szabo, an analyst at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The U.S. and Germany have an important alliance on a range of strategic issues.

Merkel is playing a key role trying to resolve the Ukraine crisis.

And Germany is a participant in negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear program.

No wonder despite the ejection of that top U.S. spy, Washington says it will "work it out" with Germany.

"Any differences we have are most effectively resolved through private channels not through the media. These private channels include regular discussions between intelligence officials, diplomatic officials and security officials from those two countries," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

In fact, Kerry will be meeting with his German counterpart on the sidelines of this weekend's meeting in Vienna regarding the Iranian nuclear program.

Along with the diplomacy maybe some important fence mending.

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