May 2015 -
'German media reports suggest the country's spy agency BND collected data on European firms at the behest of the US National Security Agency.'
BBC insinuates that the European companies were the culprits of course..
'Leaks from a secret BND document suggest that its monitoring station at Bad Aibling checked whether European companies were breaking trade embargos after a request from the NSA. '
Luckily, alternative interpretations of this scandal such as sputnik's blunt 'is merkel a CIA asset?' seem to have been scrubbed from the internet so we dont have to get all confused.