German Chancellor offers to testify in German spying scandal case

Merkel came under political pressure after the leader of her SPD coalition partner revealed he had twice asked her if German companies had been spied on.

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In the wake of the German spying scandal saga where intelligence agency BND is accused of helping the United States spy on targets in Germany and neighbouring countries, German chancellor, Angela Merkel has offered to give evidence to members of the parliament.

BBC reports that Merkel came under political pressure after the leader of her SPD coalition partner revealed he had twice asked her if German companies had been spied on.

Merkel said she would be prepared to give evidence to parliament even as Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere testifies before parliament today (Wednesday).

She however stopped short of agreeing to provide a list of "selectors" - the IP addresses, internet search terms or mobile phone numbers handed by America's National Security Agency (NSA) in the spying row.

She however assured that many other documents would be provided, stating that only after consultations with the US could she make a decision.

German intelligence agency, BND has worked with the US for years on various spying missions that included targets such as the French foreign ministry and presidential palace as well as the European Commission, Austrian federal agencies and Airbus group.

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