Germany Drops U.S. Merkel Hack Inquiry

Germany’s top federal prosecutor is dropping a formal inquiry into whether the United States hacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone. “The documents published in the media so far that come from Edward Snowden also contain no evidence of surveillance of the mobile phone used by the chancellor solid enough for a court,” the chief prosecutor said. Der Spiegel reported in October 2013 that Merkel’s personal number was included in a National Security Agency database. The report caused a serious rift in U.S.-German relations.