20 Aug 2014
John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have had their phone conversations "accidentally" intercepted by the German intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtdienst (BND), according to The Register.
The BND intercepted one of Kerry's phone conversations in 2013 and one of Clinton's phone conversation with Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, in 2012, according to the report.
Kerry, Clinton and Annan were not surveillance targets when the interceptions occurred, The Register reported. Clinton's phone call interceptions seem to have been motivated by the fact that her call was made "on the same `frequency’ as a terror suspect," it said.
The BND told Reuters via a spokeswoman that they are not tapping allied countries’ phones and that the incident is not a reprisal over the interception of Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel's phone conversations by the NSA.
"Any accidental recordings are deleted immediately," she added.
Nearly a year ago, the same type of incident occurred, only that time the NSA was on the other end, listening to Angela Merkel’s phone.