Security camera filmed Merkel's living room
28 March 2006, BERLIN - Investigators are probing how a museum security camera was able to peer into the living room of Chancellor Angela Merkel's private residence.
28 March 2006
BERLIN - Investigators are probing how a museum security camera was able to peer into the living room of Chancellor Angela Merkel's private residence.
The camera was installed on the roof of the Pergamon Museum eight years ago to protect the building and its wealth of ancient treasures.
But the newspaper Bild am Sonntag said it filmed not only the museum, but also Merkel's apartment, which is directly opposite, and recorded the chancellor's husband watching television.
The camera's powerful zoom lens relayed clear images to the museum's security personnel who monitor movements in and around the building through closed-circuit surveillance cameras.
A spokesman for Germany's federal criminal office said Monday the matter was under investigation.
The case is embarrassing for the office in charge of Merkel's security.
Unlike her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer decided against moving into a residence in the chancellery building when she became chancellor last November.
A spokesman for the museum said the camera had since been altered so that it no longer monitors the chancellor's apartment.
Subject: German news