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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bugging Devices Discovered on EU Phones

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Electronic bugging devices have been discovered on telephone lines used by the French and German delegations at a European Union building where an EU summit will open Thursday, EU officials said.

EU spokesman Dominique-George Marro said Wednesday that the EU has opened an investigation into the bugging but had no immediate idea who was behind it. He said listening devices were also found in offices used by other EU nations, but declined to say which or how many.

"We found anomalies in the telephone lines" during regular security checks a few days ago, Marro said in a telephone interview.

Leaders of the 15 EU nations are scheduled to hold a summit meeting Thursday and Friday in the Justus Lipsius building, which houses the secretariat of the EU council of ministers.

The EU's regular meetings of EU ministers are held there. Foreign ministers from the bloc met there Tuesday and EU finance ministers held talks Wednesday.

The Paris newspaper Le Figaro reported Wednesday that Belgian security services discovered telephone bugs in the building that holds the EU delegations, with the bugs "activated" on French and German lines.

EU officials said investigators from the countries affected were looking into the bugging along with the EU's own security services and Belgian police.