Merkel Accuses Obama of “…Serious Breach of Trust”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is suspicious that U.S. intelligence agencies might be listening in on her cell phone conversations and that, if true, it would constitute a “… serious breach of trust.” White House spokesman Jay Carney was quick to say that the United States was not monitoring and would not monitor the chancellor’s communications.
Though the German government didn’t elaborate on how it received information that Merkel’s cell phone might have been tapped, it’s interesting to note that the German news magazine Der Spiegel gained a certain amount of notoriety when it published material from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has since taken up fugitive status in Russia.
Merkel felt sufficiently riled to place a personal call to President Obama and tell him that such practices are completely unacceptable. Over the months since Snowden’s material has been made public, U.S. allies like France, Brazil, and now possibly Germany, are becoming aware of the extent to which American covert agencies go to gather intelligence.
As international cries to cease and desist have become more strident, the Obama Administration’s standard response has been that it is reviewing how intelligence is gathered. A Paris newspaper reported that the NSA had procured as many as 70 million French telephone records over a 30-day period. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | kaorucerber)