Report: NSA Still Spying on German Officials
February 24, 2014 1:19 PM
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German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany
U.S. President Barack Obama stopped the National Security Agency's (NSA)
spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel
, but a German newspaper claims that the NSA is still keeping a close watch on top German government officials.
, German newspaper
Bild am Sonntag
said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany, including Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.
Bild am Sonntag
said its information came from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany, who chose to remain anonymous.
"We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor's communication directly," said the NSA employee, according to
Bild am Sonntag
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama [SOURCE: Truth Frequency Radio]
Berlin has been looking to make a "no-spy" deal with Washington, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due to visit the U.S. on Thursday for that purpose.
In October 2013, German magazine
reported that the U.S. had tapped Chancellor Merkel phone for years, and spied on 34 other world leaders as well. This led one German politician to call for a complete halt on trade negotiations between the European Union and the U.S.
But Obama attempted to calm the situation in January when he ordered the NSA to stop spying on the leaders of U.S.-allied nations.
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2/26/2014 5:09:14 AM
a)The thing is I live in Europe... otherwise I wouldn't care about what you say of Europe.
b)Germany is not a political entity either... the point is that it's no more difficult to Americans to change their laws as it is for anyone else in Europe, with the advantage that there's not really a single person in Europe that can change the laws for every state. Also you may think that Germany is somehow pulling the strings however that's not really the case, they have to associate themselves with France just so they can have more votes when passing some actions, so it's still a democracy even at the EU level.
2/27/2014 5:26:08 PM
I think the subtleties of what I am saying are clearly lost on you and you are one of those binary people who can only think of issues and what people say in and all or nothing way, or at best (to be generous) English isn't your first language, which I think is probably the case, after reading your second paragraph a few times, which still makes no sense.
I'll guess at what you mean though. It seems that you are denying that Germany is the most powerful and influential country in the EU? You also seem to think that I have said that they rule over the EU can make all the rules and that it's not a democracy of some kind? I didn't, I said that they are the de facto leaders. Maybe to you, it that is the same thing, but to me it's not. I am from a country where a leader still has to get others to agree with them to get things done. No "string pulling" etc, but they are influential, and would be worth spying on, compared to others.
As an aside. The funny thing is, when you see Chancellor Merkel and hear from other Germans, it seems that (since the financial crisis, which is when they've been thrust into this position) they really aren't comfortable with their position.
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