After finding out that the US has been spying on its own citizens, why is the European Union (EU) surprised that the NSA has been spying on them too? A new document, released to The Guardian, by Edward Snowden reveals that the EU mission in New York, its embassy in Washington, as well as 38 other embassies and missions have been bugged by the NSA.
The 2010 document describes the types of spying methods used including: bugs in electronic communications gear, taps in cables, and the collection of transmissions with specialized antennae.
The list of targets include several Middle Eastern nations as well as traditional allies like France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India, and Turkey. Absent from the list are the United Kingdom, Germany, and other western European states.
The documents suggest that the purpose of the spying operation against the EU was to gather inside knowledge of policy disagreements on global issues and other rifts between member states.
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Germany’s justice minister likened the actions to what enemies did during the cold war.
Only fueling the anger of leaders around the world, Secretary of State John Kerry said it is ‘not unusual’ for governments to bug the offices of their allies, Mail Online reports. In response, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that “bugging friends is unacceptable.”
French premier Francois Hallande aslo expressed the anger of the other world leaders saying, “We cannot accept this kind of behavior. We demand that this cease immediately.”
Perhaps if the NSA won’t listen to the American people’s demand for liberty and privacy, they’ll be willing to listen to the demands of world leaders.