An illustration picture shows a projection of text on the face of a woman in Berlin

NSA access to unencrypted comminications

File illustration picture shows a projection of a text on the face of a woman in Berlin, June 12, 2013. Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) has known about the United States’ surveillance and storage of German data for years, German paper Bild reported on July 15, 2013, adding the BND had actively used it in cases of Germans kidnapped abroad. Citing U.S. government sources, Bild said the BND had asked the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for the email and telephone records of German citizens kidnapped in Yemen or Afghanistan, to help ascertain their whereabouts and contacts. The BND was not immediately available for comment. Picture taken June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files (GERMANY – Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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