Today reports resurfaced through the Globe and Fail, I mean Mail, that America has been busted, or suspected busted with good reason, for having spy cells inside of Germany’s government. This comes as no surprise to those following the news, even in the slightest, as Edward Snowden’s revelations a couple years back showed us America’s NSA had a large scale intelligence mission aimed against the German government.
Today the Germans had their revenge, in a manner of speaking, as they claim to have received a recording of Hillary “Ironbox” Clinton on a top secret phone call recorded back when she was United States Secretary of State. The German news sources won’t say who she was talking to, but have stated the conversation happened in the air on a government plane. Unfortunately we—the lowly commoners—won’t be able to hear it, so I can only conclude she must have been saying something worth hearing; most likely concerning our very security.
American officials, who are known the world round to illegally monitor every person on the planet, have spoken out against the German’s for taking this action against them—nobody likes tasting their own medicine, right? In response the German authorities have sworn the call was intercepted by accident, and would never want to tap into the private convos of America’s top diplomat at the time, so to me it’s quite a coincidence that out of the hundreds of millions of people they could have “accidentally” monitored, the one they tapped into just happened to be one of the most politically influential people in the United States. Another point raised, of course, was that this phone call took place in the distant past and the Germans have held on to it, not erasing it, the entire time.
Who should really be mad at who though? Is this not expected? Just last year the Germans found out that America had been recording the private phone calls of Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, among other top officials of the country. This is just the type of behavior that illegal international surveillance breeds.
In July this sleeping giant of a situation woke back up as Germany fingered one of their own intelligence officers as an American spy. An agent identified only as Markus R., a 31-year old employee of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND), was arrested by Germany’s Federal prosecutor and hauled off for interrogation. It’s believed Markus is the leak that supplied America with the information about the Clinton tape. Along with the recording came the news that Germany has heavy surveillance on a neighboring NATO country, but wouldn’t say who it is—though I can bet it’s Ukraine.
According to the Fail, Chancellor Merkel stated the Germans and Americans just “had fundamentally different conceptions of the role of the intelligence service[s].” By this she must mean that they are both peeping Toms, one is just richer than the other. Welcome to the world of no privacy folks. Remember to cover the camera on your laptop!
By Olan Thomas
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