The US National Security Agency (NSA) also used Germany's BND foreign intelligence service to spy on Austria, according to a report due to be published in Sunday's edition of Bild newspaper.
Berlin (dpa) - German media had previously reported that the NSA used the BND to spy on high-ranking officials in the European Commission and in France‘s Foreign Ministry and presidential palace.
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Following an investigation into the search terms given by the NSA to the BND for use at its monitoring station in the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling, words like "gov", "diplo", and the German equivalent of "Federal office" were discovered.
These search terms resulted in 12,000 hits, according to an internal BND email from August 14, 2013. The hits included material from the government of Austria, which like Germany is a federation and therefore covered by the same search term.
The Bild article, an advance copy of which was seen by dpa, says Austria then appeared in more than 10 requests from the NSA.
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