Europe furious with USA. Calls spying on leaders a breach of trust

Europe is furious with the United States over the extent of its spying activities.

Earlier this week German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States's National Security Agency (NSA) of tapping her mobile phone.

Barack Obama, Angela Merkel

Barack Obama must have had a pretty awkward phone call with Angela Merkel, underlining the White House's official statement:

The United States is not monitoring, and will not monitor communications of the Chancellor...


Hang on a minute. *Is* not monitoring? *Will* not monitor? That hardly excludes the possibility that it *did* monitor Angela Merkel's phone calls does it?

Germany clearly sees it that way, calling any monitoring a "grave breach of trust".

Yesterday, The Guardian reported that a classified document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders.

NSA memo

And France is up in arms about claims that the NSA intercepted millions of phone calls made by its citizens.

Imagine how you would feel if someone you considered to be a friend, were secretly spying upon your activities, monitoring your conversations. Could you ever trust them again?

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4 Responses

  1. timothy

    October 25, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I will never trust them again.

  2. Spryte

    October 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    "Imagine how you would feel if someone you considered to be a friend, were secretly spying upon your activities, monitoring your conversations. Could you ever trust them again?"

    No.
    And that's even getting into the semantics of "is not", "are not"… Did not notice a "haven't" !?!?

  3. Petrichor

    October 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    We all want our friends to be good listeners, don't we? ;-)

  4. Webb

    October 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

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