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German security recorded Clinton conversation: media

(Reuters) - German security agents recorded a conversation involving Hillary Clinton while she was U.S. Secretary of State, media reported on Friday, a potential embarrassment for Berlin which has lambasted Washington for its widespread surveillance.

Clinton's words were intercepted while she was on a U.S. government plane, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and German regional public broadcasters NDR and WDR said, without giving details of where she was or when the recording was made.

The respected broadsheet quoted German government sources saying the conversation had been picked up "by accident" and was not part of any plan to spy on Washington's top diplomat. The fact the recording had not been destroyed immediately was "idiocy", said one of the sources.

Both Germany's government and a spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House declined to comment on the reports on Friday.

Relations between the United States and Germany were hit last year by revelations by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden that Washington spied on German officials and bugged the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The dispute was revived in July when Germany's Federal Prosecutor arrested Markus R., a 31-year old employee of Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND), on suspicion of spying for the Americans.

Details of the German recording of Clinton's conversation were included in documents that Markus R. had passed on to Washington, said the German media reports, without citing a source for that information.

The newspaper and the radio stations said a joint investigation had discovered the documents also showed Germany's government had ordered the BND to spy on a NATO partner state, without naming the country.

The media reports said U.S. authorities had brought up the affair in recent discussions, including one between current Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Merkel said in an interview last month that the United States and Germany had fundamentally different conceptions of the role of the intelligence service, and she stressed the Cold War was over.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Richard August 15 2014 at 7:27 PM

Why would someone ever have to spy on her. She just outright lies about everything she says.

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richie3gs August 15 2014 at 7:27 PM

first pic she looks like laughing cow

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crypt585 August 15 2014 at 7:08 PM

Maybe she can sue them since she is "dead broke."

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gotmilk50 August 15 2014 at 9:22 PM

Hillary lies about Bengazi, Filegate, Whitewater, when she stole the files while she worked at ROse Law Firm that implicated her in illegal actions, her lies about arriving in Afghanistan "UNDER FIRE" when a video showed she pranced off the plane without a worry in the world, and then she lied and said she was confused after a long flight, How about when she looted the White House when they left, her role in VInce Foster's supposed suicide when he was about to blow the whistle on the Clintons. Her lies go on and on.

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gail7rltr August 15 2014 at 7:03 PM

i'm sure she bored the Germans to death as she bores the Americans

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almazstmp August 15 2014 at 7:43 PM

Look at that phony Hillary laughter. I hope she swallows a bug.

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pazman807 August 15 2014 at 7:58 PM

This story is for all the idiots in our country that were so outraged at our spying on allies. Welcome to the real world .. countries spy on each other even friends . always have and always will.

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JRGXRay05 August 15 2014 at 8:13 PM

Somebody, give Horse-Face a carrot!

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Tom August 15 2014 at 7:28 PM

Wonder if they found out her girlfriends name? Or, possibly Bill's current girlfriends name?

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supersargee6 August 15 2014 at 7:36 PM

Why not, even spies need a good laugh

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