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Just to show how far out of line NSA surveillance has gotten, the U.S. is gathering routine information on U.S. citizens and has also been bugging E.U. offices.
Der Spiegel reports “Senior European Union officials are outraged by revelations that the U.S. spied on E.U. representations in Washington and New York. Some have called for a suspension of talks on the trans-Atlantic free trade agreement.”
Please consider Spying ‘Out of Control’: E.U. Official Questions Trade Negotiations:
Europeans are furious. Revelations that the U.S. intelligence service National Security Agency (NSA) targeted the European Union and several European countries with its far-reaching spying activities have led to angry reactions from several senior E.U. and German politicians…
The U.S. has not officially acknowledged that fact, nor has the U.S. denied it. But the evidence is overwhelming. “I can’t comment” is the best the U.S. can do.
The Financial Times comments on the mess in EU demands answers over claims US bugged its offices:
A diplomatic row over communications surveillance deepened as European ministers reacted with disbelief and fury to reports that E.U. offices were bugged by U.S. intelligence services.
Der Spiegel said it had gained partial access to a NSA document dated 2010, which was obtained by Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor turned whistleblower.
The document revealed the NSA had placed bugs and tapped into internal computer networks at the EU’s offices in Washington, as well as at the EU’s mission to the UN, according to Der Spiegel. The White House declined to comment.
In Germany, especially, where sensitivities over spying remain acute because of large amounts of snooping conducted before 1989 by the Stasi, the East German secret police, the revelations about extensive US surveillance have caused a political furore…