On December 1st, 2016, Wikileaks made available a cache of 90 terabytes of data containing 2,420 documents which the organization claims originated from Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) and the Federal Office for Information Security, Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, (BSI).The documents contained in this cache are said to relate to a 2014 German parliamentary inquiry into intelligence collaboration between Germany and the United States.

Wikileaks describes the cache as containing a variety of primary documents from these German agencies in addition to internal and external communications such as correspondence, memos and various reactions from international press.

Wikileaks: The saga continues

The cache is described by Wikileaks as broadly outlining the historical collaboration between the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) and its German counterpart the BND.

Among the revelations contained in this cache are the reported confirmation of German assistance in developing the NSA's XKeyscore platform, a sophisticated database tool used for analyzing various data points collected through global mass surveillance.

The German parliamentary inquiry at the heart of this cache of data was launched in response to information released by Edward Snowden in 2014. Among the information released by Snowden pertaining to the global landscape of U.S surveillance was the suggestion that agencies like the NSA had worked closely with other intelligence services around the world.

This inquiry was additionally urged by German politicians following the release of information which suggested the NSA had been involved in spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel and other high ranking officials in various governmental ministries.

Wikileaks claims that on November 21st, 2016, Germany's Federal Court of Justice made a ruling which would prepare the grounds for the German government to hear testimony from Edward Snowden.

The organization also suggests that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc and the Social Democrats have subsequently blocked Edward Snowden from being able to testify.

State secrets, sensitive documents, caches of data: Wikileaks

Contained within the December 1st press release posted on Wikileaks' website, founder Julian Assange is quoted:"This substantial body of evidence proves that the inquiry has been using documents from Mr Snowden and yet it has been too cowardly to permit him to testify.

Germany can not take a leadership role within the EU if it's own parliamentary processes are subservient to the wishes of a non EU state."

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