New WikiLeaks documents show that the United States not only spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel but also on several ministers of the country.
Relations between Germany and the United States were strained after US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed extensive US foreign spying.
Snowden also revealed that the United States had monitored Merkel’s telephone conversations for more than 10 years.
The German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday that the National Security Agency (NSA) did not limit its surveillance activities to Merkel, and spied on the activities of the ministries of finance, economy and agriculture.
The newspaper said WikiLeaks had shown it a list of 69 phone numbers of ministers and senior officials that were targeted by the NSA.
According to the report, current Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel were among those snooped on by the US spy agency.