NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Top executives at several leading tech companies, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, may be asked to testify in Germany's investigation into the National Security Agency's data-collection activities, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Top executives at some of the nation's leading tech companies may be asked to testify in Germany's investigation into the National Security Agency's data-collection activities, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
According to the report, German lawmakers may ask Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter (TWTR) CEO Dick Costolo, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, Google (GOOG) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Microsoft (MSFT) General Counsel Brad Smith to appear as witnesses in the case. President Obama's administration admitted last year to a secret NSA program that tapped the servers of companies like these to gain access to user data for foreign intelligence purposes.
The report said the executives wouldn't be required to appear as they are U.S. citizens not present in Germany. The report cited Roderich Kiesewetter, who sits on Germany's investigation committee. Kiesewetter said the committee hopes the executives would still attend and serve as experts if U.S. authorities prevent them from appearing as witnesses.
In New York, I'm Brittany Umar reporting for TheStreet.
-- Written by Brittany Umar in New York.