German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, listens to government spokesman Steffen Seibert after an interview at the TV studios of German public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Germany's domestic intelligence chief said Tuesday that the revelations by Edward Snowden have had at least one positive effect, by raising awareness about the importance of counter-espionage.Germany's government reacted angrily two years ago to reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone had been monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency. Although the reports didn't explicitly cite documents leaked to the media by Snowden, they came amid a flurry of similar claims about alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany that were linked to the former NSA contractor.
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