There is, once more a new terrifying side to the NSA scandal in Germany. Apparently, the German BND delivers data generated by spying on so-called “selectors”, identifying targets, to the NSA.
Among these selectors were apparently also a high number targeting European and German individuals and companies, among them also politicians (see German summary here).
The Washington Post reports:
It’s a little as if Germany had asked the NSA for information that would have allowed it to spy better on Lockheed Martin, and the NSA had not told the president because it didn’t want to hurt its relationship with the Germans. […] It also appears very likely that the head of the BND will be forced to resign (he was deliberately excluded from the meeting where the revelations surfaced).