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Dutch govt says no action on NSA allegations planned

Wednesday 30 October 2013 | 10:33 CET | News
The Dutch government is not taking any direct reaction in response to reports the US National Security Agency tapped into Dutch phone lines, the interior minister said in response to questions from parliament. According to a report in French paper Le Monde, the NSA eavesdropped on around 1.8 million calls in the Netherlands in late 2012 and early 2013. Interior minister Ronald Plasterk noted that this is thought to have involved only metadata, such as the origin and duration of the calls, as part of anti-terrorism measures. Spying on the actual content of the conversations was only possible with the express consent of the relevant Dutch ministers, he said. 

Plastkerk said the Dutch government supports the efforts by France and Germany to reach a new protocol with the US on intelligence gathering and will contribute actively to the talks where needed. The Dutch foreign affairs minister, Frans Timmermans has already communicated to his American counterpart John Kerry the government's concerns about the spying allegations and called for more transparency from the US government. 


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