Report: NSA targeted German privacy activist

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 03:  William Binney, former intelligence official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) turned whistleblower, arrives to testify at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in Germany on July 3, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The commission convened following revelations last year that the NSA had for years eavesdropped on the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leading German and European politicians. Recent documents released by former NSA employee Edward Snowden show strong activity by the NSA in Germany as well as cooperation between the NSA and the German intelligence service.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images) (Adam Berry, 2014 Getty Images)
Former NSA Employees Testify In Bundestag Investigation Hearings (Adam Berry, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/03 11:24 am

BERLIN (AP) — German media say the U.S. National Security Agency monitored the computer of a Germany-based online privacy activist.

The report Thursday by public broadcasters WDR and NDR came as German lawmakers began hearing expert testimony in their inquiry into the activities of foreign intelligence agencies in Germany.

The report claims the computer code for a plug-in to the NSA's XKeyscore data analysis software includes the Internet address for a server run by German student Sebastian Hahn. He is one of a handful of people worldwide who provide a list of so-called Tor servers that allow people to hide their online browsing activity.

Former U.S. intelligence official William Binney, who worked for the NSA until 2001, told German lawmakers Thursday the report was plausible.


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