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Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. The US government’s refusal to allow Merkel access to her own NSA file contrasts with the ease with which Germans can see files relating to the activities of the Stasi. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

The US government has refused to grant Angela Merkel access to herNSA file, adding to the growing frustration with Washington over its failure to clear up remaining questions about the monitoring of the German chancellor’s phone.

The latest information emerged in response to a parliamentary query by Green MP Omid Nouripour, who asked if the German chancellor had requested the release of paperwork relating to US intelligence agents’ surveillance of her phone calls.

In its response, a spokesperson for the German interior ministry confirmed that Merkel’s government had submitted an official request on 24 October 2013, but that the US government “had not supplied information in this regard”.

Nouripour, who is the Green party’s spokesperson on foreign affairs, said he intended to probe the government further, and would seek to clarify if Merkel had asked for her NSA file to be destroyed.

Nouripour criticised both the German and the US governments for their response to the NSA revelations. “Last year, their failure to answer questions could have been due to genuine ignorance – now it looks like deliberate obfuscation. The Germans aren’t asking the tough questions so they can protect their notion of a transatlantic partnership, and the US is happy that the Germans aren’t asking tough questions so they can avoid further diplomatic scandals.”

The news comes amid growing German frustration with the US and UK governments’ failure to yield basic information about their surveillance activities. Earlier this week, interior minister Thomas de Maizière told Der Spiegel that the US response to the affair remained “inadequate”.

“If two-thirds of what Edward Snowden reports, or of what is reported with attribution to him, is correct, then I come to the conclusion: the USA is acting without any restraint”, said de Maizière, who emphasised that he was still a “transatlanticist by conviction”. “America should be interested in improving the current situation. And words alone won’t achieve that.”

The US government’s refusal to allow Merkel access to her own file contrasts with the relative ease with which German citizens are able to access files relating to the surveillance activities of the East German secret service, the Stasi.

In January 1992, after pressure from human rights activists, the German government took the unprecedented step of opening up the Stasi archive to the public – the federal agency in charge of the Stasi archives still receives around 5,000 applications a month.

In 1992, 13,088 pages worth of files relating to the NSA’s surveillance of the West German government, sold to the Stasi by the US spy James W Hall, had been returned to the US, with permission of the German interior ministry.

Angela Merkel has defended the decision to keep access to the Stasi archive open to German citizens, and has reportedly used the opportunity to view her own Stasi file in person. “Many in former socialist countries envy us for this opportunity”, she said in 2009.

In Germany, the aftermath of the Snowden revelations continues to be debated with vigour. On Wednesday, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance resigned over a disagreement as to whether Snowden should be invited as a witness. Green and left politicians insist that the whistleblower should be invited to give testimony in person, but panel chairman Clemens Binninger, of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, was more sceptical, arguing that most of the key information was already out in the public realm.

Academics at Rostock University, meanwhile, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate. Members of the philosophy faculty said they wanted to reward Snowden’s “civil courage” and his “substantial contribution to a new global discourse about freedom, democracy, cosmopolitanism and the rights of the individual”.

Source:  in Berlin and  in Washington,

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