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German court rules spy agency doesn't have to inform media of names thrown up by NSA filters


BERLIN — A German federal court has ruled that the country's spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency.

A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions.

The Federal Administrative Court said in a ruling released Friday that the spy agency had "justified interests that are worthy of protection" in the list remaining confidential. It emerged in May that the BND for years monitored telecoms traffic using filters, known as selectors, provided by the NSA. Questions have swirled about who was targeted.

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