Whistleblowing platform Wikileaks has released 1,380 pages of minutes from the Bundestag (German parliament) inquiry into spying in Germany by the American National Security Agency (NSA), prompting anger from some MPs.
“The purpose of this inquiry is to discover who is responsible for the injury of a great many people’s rights” through mass surveillance by the NSA, sometimes in co-operation with the German Bundesnachrichtendiesnt (BND) foreign intelligence service, Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The public has a right to understand the inquiry’s work. It is only through effective public oversight that this inquiry’s stated objectives of transparency and justice will be met.”
But inquiry chairman Patrick Sensburg told Spiegel Online that “this publication is in no way helpful for shedding light on this case.”
He argued that the witnesses called before the committee should be able to testify independently and without inhibitions.
“We also have to ensure that a witness can’t draw on the statements of another witness indirectly,” he added.
Digital rights campaigner and journalist Markus Beckedahl, of Berlin-based Netzpolitik, told The Local that the minutes wouldn’t add much to the publicly available information on the inquiry – or be any extra help to future witnesses hoping to align their story with others… see more