VOA NEWS: German Government Cancels Verizon Contract Over US Spying Row

The German government has cancelled a contract with U.S. telecom firm Verizon Communications Inc as part of an overhaul of its internal communications prompted by the row over United States government spying.

Reports last October based on disclosures by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that Washington had conducted mass surveillance in Germany.

Berlin subsequently demanded talks with Washington on a “no-spy” deal, but these collapsed after the United States appeared unwilling to give the assurances Germany wanted.

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