The U.S. National Security Agency
(NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government
officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday.
last year about mass U.S. surveillance in Germany, in particular of
Merkel's mobile phone, shocked Germans and sparked the most serious
dispute between the transatlantic allies in a decade.
Bild am Sonntag said its information stemmed from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany and that those being spied on included Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.