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Most Germans worried over US spy scheme: Poll

The majority of German people are concerned about spying programs by the US intelligence agencies which collect their personal data by tapping their phone calls and monitoring their emails and internet use, a new poll shows.

The poll, conducted by Germany’s Emnid institute, found that 78 percent of respondents were worried about US controversial surveillance of their electronic communications.

The survey whose results were released on August 19 was conducted from August 7 to August 9 on 1,350 adults in Germany.

Only 19 percent of the surveyed Germans showed no worry about the US spying schemes.

Meanwhile, 73 of interviewees expressed opposition to intelligence cooperation between Germany and the US.

The massive surveillance operations by the US National Security Agency (NSA) was uncovered in June, when former US intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked two top secret US government spying programs, under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are spying on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies.

Germans are seeking answers from Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government about Washington’s spying on the country. The demands came after reports show that Germany was the most spied country in Europe by NSA.

The 30-year-old NSA leaker, who was granted political asylum in Russia on August 1, is wanted in the United States, where he faces charges of “espionage” and “theft of government property.”

By Press TV


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