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On the eve of a planned visit to Washington and a meeting with President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was suddenly finding herself with more to worry about than getting along with the new American president. At least the cancellation of the trip because of bad weather will allow her to concentrate on trouble closer to home.
After a broad hint Monday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that it plans to release “intercepts” of Merkel’s conversations obtained from the CIA and the National Security Agency, the long-serving German leader might be worrying more about whether she’ll still have a career for long.
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WickiLeaks’ announcement, made on Twitter, came a week after the “Vault 7” documents on American surveillance efforts — including tactics involving televisions and smartphones — were released by the hacktivist group.
“Terrified talk in U.S. national security circles that WikiLeaks is going to publish many CIA or NSA intercepts of Merkel tonight or tomorrow,” the tweet read.
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This wouldn’t be the first time WikiLeaks has involved itself in the career of the German leader. A 2016 leak from the organization revealed that the NSA had surreptitiously recorded a 2008 meeting between Merkel and then-U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
In 2013, German newspaper Der...
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