English translation of an online article by Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR) a public-service radio and television broadcaster (23.5.2015):
Outraged US intelligence chief says Germans can no longer be relied on
US intelligence director James Clapper has evidently lost confidence in the BND, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. He complained that secret US documents have been continually leaked from the German parliament’s investigative committee on the BND. According to German newspaper BILD, Clapper even goes so far as to call for a review of cooperation with the BND. This emerged from a directive that was classified as secret, in which it was stated, among other things, that the Germans cannot be relied on when it comes to protection of classified documents. It is claimed that cooperation with the BND is under consideration, and that some existing and planned projects had already been stopped. Clapper also mentioned the option of working more closely with other allied intelligence agencies rather than the BND. For some time now, politians in Berlin have been discussing whether the Federal Chancellery should hand over the so called “Selektorenliste” to parliament. This is a list of serch terms (selectors) which the BND used to spy on behalf of US intelligence. The Americans have been following this debate with suspicion.
“What the German Government is doing there is more dangerous than the Snowden revelations,” the US intelligence agency told BILD.