German Chancellor Angela Merkel blasts United States over NSA Spy Scandal
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc),- Germany´s Chancellor, Angela Merkel has blasted the United States for spying on European citizens as well as on E.U. diplomats in Washington, New York and at the European Council in Belgium. German – U.S. relations have become increasingly stressed, since the United States, aided by the United Kingdom and France, is using the war on Syria to poise Russia and the E.U. against each other over energy security.
A spokesperson for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, reports that Merkel has summoned the United States Ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphey to Berlin on Monday, and that the Chancellor is demanding, that the Ambassador explains what Merkel called incendiary reports.
The German Chancellor is referring to a report, published in the German magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday, 30 June 2013. Der Spiegel reported, that it has reviewed documents from NSA whistblower Edward Snowden, according to which the United States´National Security Agency, NSA has been spying on European Union diplomats in Washington and at the United Nations in New York.
The documents reportedly also provides evidence for, that the NSA has hacked into E.U. diplomats computers, and established a backdoor, that also allows the US spies to access the computers and communications of European diplomats, politicians and officials at the European Council.
Angela Merkel´s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, stated, that the German government would like to restore trust between the USA and Germany and continued:
“If it is confirmed that diplomatic representations of the European Union and individual European countries have been spied upon, we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable..We are no longer in the Cold War”.
Several analysts have stated, that one of the most likely utilities of the U.S. spying on its purported allies is industrial and economic espionage, as well as the manipulation of E.U. member states´foreign policy by illegal means. The Chancellor´s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, informed international media that Germany is currently working toward a trade agreement between the USA and the European Union, and stated, that mutual trust is necessary in order to reach such an agreement.
Also the President of the European Union Parliament, Martin Schulz, has demanded an explanation from the United States. Schulz said:
“If the report is true, it will be a significant backlash for US-EU relations. .. I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices”.
The European Union Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, indicated that discussions about bilateral trade relations between the E.U. and the USA were put on hold while the the scandal is being investigated. Viviane Reding said:
“We cannot negotiate over a big transatlantic market if there is the slightest doubt that our partners are carrying out spying activities on the offices of our negotiators”.
Meanwhile the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry poured petrol on the flames. Responding to top-level European diplomats accusations and criticism, Kerry responded:
” There is nothing unusual about mass surveillance of allies”.
The Statement of U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry has the potential to open up a diplomatic can of worms among the German population, which would force the German government to take a far more assertive position toward its “trans-Atlantic partner”.
An increasing number of Germans is becoming alarmed about the development of the U.S.A. as a surveillance state, the militarization of police forces in the united states, and a string of ever more extreme laws which undermine habe as corpus and other basic judicial principles and rights. A prominent German judge who wants to remain anonymous said to nsnbc that the difference between the U.S. citizen´s and the German citizen´s perception of the severity of the development is, that Germany already has gone through fascism and tyranny, while the United States is on a fast track towards it.
Moreover, there is an increasing awareness among Germans citizens, and a growing anger among German and other E.U. governments diplomats over the fact, that the United States is utilizing the illegal war on Syria as a means of driving e wedge between Russia and the EU and the further integration of their energy sectors and national economies. One of the direct results of this policy is the Russian – E.U. disagreement over the Third E.U. Energy Package. Also in this regard, the United States potential industrial and political espionage is bound to have far greater repercussions than one may expect after U.S. Secretary of State, Kerry´s arrogant remark that spying among allies is not unusual.
Today, Monday 01 July 2013, diplomats from Russia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Cuba will be meeting to discuss the situation of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden is in a legal limbo at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, and it will be discussed how to legally grant Snowden asylum in one of the countries.