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Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities.It shows an American bald eagle against the colors of the German flag, next to the words Der Zeitgeist, or "the spirit of the age".Like so much else we know about the NSA, the details about its activities in Germany come from Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor now living in Moscow. The NSA's relationship with Germany dates back to a 1962 pact with the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, as Germany calls its federal intelligence service.The official cautioned that to gain German support for continued partnership, the U.S. must be more open about its intelligence activities and avoid actions that violate the rights of German citizens.The U.S. and Germany are now attempting to rebuild the partnership so that it is more transparent and, perhaps, develops a more solid political base.
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