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Germany has ended its contract with Verizon due to ties with the NSA

Verizon is going to be out a high profile government client thanks to the spying actions of the United States. Today, Germany indicated that it would not be renewing its contract with the wireless carrier based on concerns of spying from the National Security Agency. Germany’s contract with Verizon is set to expire in 2015. “There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA, and that’s one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won’t continue,” Germany’s Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told Time. The German government is said to been reconsidering its contract with the United States carrier in part because of the information that surfaced from Edward Snowden leak of classified documents. Details regarding the extent of electronic eavesdropping by the US intelligence agencies and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters didn’t sit well with the country.

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday. The New York-based company has for years provided Internet services to a number of government departments, although not to German security agencies, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate. While Germany had been reconsidering those contracts for some time, they faced additional scrutiny after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent of electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. intelligence agency and Britain’s GCHQ. German authorities were particularly irked by reports that the NSA had targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel. Berlin has also proposed building more secure networks in Europe to avoid having to rely on American Internet companies that manage much of the electronic traffic circulating the globe. “There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA, and that’s one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won’t continue,” said Plate. The current contract with Verizon will expire in 2015, he said. The announcement follows reports this week that Verizon and British company Colt also provide Internet services to the German Parliament and to other official entities.

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