Austrian leaders demand comprehensive clarification from germany on revelations that the federal intelligence service (BND) systematically intercepted authorities and companies in the alpine republic over many years.
"The outmab of surveillance was an enormous one," chancellor sebastian kurz said on saturday. Federal president alexander van der bellen said: "spying among friendly states is not only unusual and undesirable, but is unacceptable."The two spoke at a joint press conference scheduled at short notice.
The BND is said to have systematically monitored the telecommunications of central institutions in austria between 1999 and 2006, the austrian news magazine "profil" and the viennese newspaper "der standard" reported on saturday. Based on internal BND files, it is clear that a total of 2,000 telephone, fax and mobile lines as well as e-mail addresses were targeted by the german intelligence service during this period.