Spying is a big deal. If you’re spying on a politician.

Spying on regular citizens? Not so much.

Germany To Begin Formal Investigation Into NSA Surveillance — But Only Of Angela Merkel

Germany’s federal prosecutor has launched the country’s first formal investigation into the activities of the NSA in Germany, specifically the U.S. intelligence agency’s reported bugging of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Harald Range said on Wednesday that the other potential avenue of investigation — that of the surveillance of the German people — remained open, though no investigation was being launched yet due to a lack of evidence.

So spying on all of Germany is perfectly fine. Spying on Angela Merkel is apparently not fine.

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