Today, Friday 3 July 1900 CEST, WikiLeaks continues its “Euro Intercepts” series, adding to US and UK intercepts of the French and German leadership published last week.
Today’s Top Secret US intelligence intercept details intelligence gathered based on communications relayed in December 2011 between French president Nikolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a future European financial crisis. German Chancellory EU Affairs Chief Landrut was also intercepted reporting the positions of his French counterpart Presidency Secretary-General Xavier Musca and EU Council President Herman van Rompuy.
The classified report details Franco–German approaches to, and positions on, the drafting of a new financial treaty to help prevent future European financial crises. Notably, the publication shows US intelligence interest in a wider European field. For example, it includes Sweden’s “outrage[d]” reaction to the UK withdrawing from the proposed treaty.
Today’s publication is the first intercept published based on intelligence gathered through the infamous joint NSA and CIA collection unit, SCS (Special Collection Service). The SCS is a covert signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection programme, where NSA employees work under diplomatic cover to conduct foreign surveillance from US embassies.
The intelligence appears to have been conducted from US embassies in both Berlin and Paris, both of which installed “SCS” interception sites.
The Top Secret intercept published today is part of the daily reports created by the NSA Summary Services Office and distributed to the US Executive. WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange said: “Today’s publication demonstrates yet again that the United States’ has for years waged a very serious economic and political espionage campaign against the heart of Europe. A crime has been committed and ample proof has been provided. US responses lack credibility. France and Germany, if they are serious about protecting their economic and political integrity, can insist, as with nuclear treaties, on site inspection rights and a verification protocol. The ‘Open Skies’ policy was an important element in policing state behaviour in the Cold War. Perhaps it’s time for ‘Open Spies’.”
The intercept for today’s publication can be found here: https://wikileaks.org/nsa-germany/intercepts/#intercept3