German intel chief hopes US cooperation won’t get harder under Trump
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German intel chief hopes US cooperation won’t get harder under Trump

Hans-Georg Maassen says his country has always viewed the Americans as ‘reliable,’ needs their information

German domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen being interviewed on February 12, 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)
German domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen being interviewed on February 12, 2017. (Screen capture: YouTube)

BERLIN — The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says he hopes cooperation with the US won’t become more difficult under President Donald Trump, arguing that the Americans also need information from European agencies.

Trans-Atlantic relations have become increasingly complicated since Trump took office.

Asked on ARD television Monday whether he fears cooperation becoming more difficult, German domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen said: “I hope not. We have always viewed the Americans as reliable partners, despite all the problems we had in recent years.” Those included reports that the US eavesdropped on German government phones.

Maassen added “we need the Americans because the Americans have good and reliable information. On the other hand, I am presumptuous enough to say that … the Americans need the information of German and European intelligence services.”

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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