Germany high court rules intelligence may not be withheld from parliament Matt Glenn at 8:49 AM ET
[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, in German; press release, in German] Thursday that the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) [official website, in German] may not withhold information from parliament without good cause. The case began in 2006 [DW report] when the BND refused to tell Germany's Green Party [party website, in German] whether it was spying on members of parliament. Thursday's ruling requires that the government present a detailed explanation [Tagesschau report, in German] of its reasoning when it refuses to divulge information to parliament. Some members of parliament said they expect currently classified information to become declassified as a result of the the ruling.
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