GERMAN HACKER OUTFIT the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has joined with the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) in a lawsuit that accuses the German government of capitulating to UK, US and other government intelligence agencies and their communications surveillance whims.
It claimed that months of revelations from Edward Snowden have lead it to the realisation that the activities have broken German laws and that the government and the chancellor must face that.
"We accuse US, British and German secret agents, their supervisors, the German Minister of the Interior as well as the German Chancellor of illegal and prohibited covert intelligence activities, of aiding and abetting of those activities, of violation of the right to privacy and obstruction of justice in office by bearing and cooperating with the electronic surveillance of German citizens by NSA and GCHQ," it said.
"With this criminal complaint, we hope to finally initiate investigations by the Federal Prosecutor General against the German government. The CCC has learned with certainty that the leaders of the secret services and the federal government have aided and abetted the commission of these crimes."
German federal laws that are likely to be implicated cover such offences as illegal activity as a foreign spy, violation of privacy and obstruction of justice.
While the CCC is aggrieved it added that it is making a stand for everybody that might be affected by surveillance.
"Every citizen is affected by the massive surveillance of their private communications. Our laws protect us and threaten those responsible for such surveillance with punishment," said Dr Julius Mittenzwei, attorney and longtime member of the CCC.
"Therefore an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor General is necessary and mandatory by law - and a matter of course. It is unfortunate that those responsible and the circumstances of their crimes have not been investigated."
Fittingly, given the circumstances, the CCC has asked for Edward Snowden to stand as a witness in its case and requests that the whistleblower be allowed a move to Germany.
In 2012 the CCC claimed to have uncovered an instant messaging snooping network being used that apparently was designed by the German government. µ
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