Some people in the State Department and Obama administration must be shitting themselves after this latest revelation:
The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their “Rolodexes” so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.
The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately “tasked” for monitoring by the NSA.
The revelation is set to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies, after the German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused the US of tapping her mobile phone.
After Merkel’s allegations became public, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement that said the US “is not monitoring and will not monitor” the German chancellor’s communications. But that failed to quell the row, as officials in Berlin quickly pointed out that the US did not deny monitoring the phone in the past.
The NSA memo obtained by the Guardian suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders – and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so.
Only the Obama administration could make an entire continent full of progressive sycophants hate him after unnecessarily stabbing them in the back. Yeah, I’m sure there are plenty of good reasons for spying on the leaders of dozens of European countries, none of whom are our enemies (nor would it matter much if they were), but for the life of me I just don’t see it. Spying on Russia? Sure, why not. China? Hell yes, they practically make their living hacking our nation’s databases and stealing military and company secrets. Europe? Is it to prevent them from starting a yet another world war? Because I seriously doubt they could muster the collective willpower to do that.
And oddly enough, it might even be good for them this time around. Conflict seems to be what Europeans need to find a reason to live. And not just any old conflict, but conflict that involves killing lots of other Europeans.
Now, ordinarily I would be all for America spying on other nations, but those nations would be our enemies. Britain, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, and dozens of others are our allies. Is the objective to piss them off so much that the United States is politically isolated from the rest of the world, that we have no allies whatsoever? Obama spent much of his first term doing his level best to make the English hate us, I suppose all that’s left is…the rest of the continent. We have an an evil, stupid, and incompetent government that’s got the greatest surveillance network ever devised under it’s control. The only good thing about this international debacle is that Europe, Africa, and most of Asia are overrun with those types of governments.
Except for Russia.