Germany orders intelligence agency to fix flaws in operations

April 23, 2015 6:29 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government has ordered its foreign intelligence agency to address flaws in some of its operations, after Der Spiegel reported that agency officials indirectly helped U.S. agencies spy on European firms such as defense manufacturer Airbus.

Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany, after its experience of abuse by the Gestapo under the Nazis and by the Stasi in Communist East Germany during the Cold War years.

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