Monday, July 8, 2013
With news breaking last week that the National Security Agency was not only spying on citizens of the United States, but our European counterparts as well, outrage spread through the European Union’s leadership. A week in the political arena is an eternity, as now, shocking claims are coming from Edward Snowden (the former NSA worker wanted for treason) that the USA was actually working in tandem with Germany and other foreign nations to assist each other in the collection of personal data. One estimate, by the Der Spiegel magazine in that country, placed the amount of data being collected at half a billion phone calls.
Snowden, in an interview done before he left Hong Kong, claimed the German Federal Intelligence Service and the National Security Administration have a system in place to share information without attaching any trail back to the politicians that gave them the power to do so. “Other agencies don’t ask us where we got the information from and we don’t ask them. That way they can protect their top politicians from the backlash in case it emerges how massively people’s privacy is abused worldwide.”
The German government has denied any involvement in the blossoming NSA scandal. A spokesperson for Chancellor Merkel responded to the allegations, saying, “…we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable. We are no longer in the Cold War.” He went on to promise to that Merkel’s administration was investigating the breaking news.
Full article: http://www.patriotne … alone-to-spy-on-you/