Spiegel reports that the BND (federal intelligence service) is, in fact, one of the sources of German meta data gathered by the NSA. Of course, like any good intelligence service they told parliament that they only gave two data of German citizens sets to the US service in 2012, to save people that had been abducted. GOOD BOYS! Another great example of how good parliamentary control functions if government officiall tell
The former NSA facility in Bad Aibling, which is now run by the BND, is, according to the intelligence service, one of two facilities mentioned in documents obtained by Snowden. The BND also claimed that personal information of Germans is removed from the meta data.
The BND said, that it has "no indications that the NSA is gathering personal data of German citizens in Germany." This must be considered part of an ongoing operation of the intelligence service to sound utterly incompetent; and make terrorists feel save, only to strike out of nowhere.
This is just depressing. Let's read something about a German SWAT team storming the wrong apartment. That's at least a bearable, somewhat understandable level of incompetence.