“From my point of view, spying on allies… is a waste of energy,” this was a comment made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in some of her strongest comments on the issue of US surveillance and spying on Germany. “We have so many problems, we should focus on the important things.”
Tensions have been brewing between the United States and Germany following Eric Snowden‘s revelation that US NSA has been carrying out excessive surveillance activities on their ally, Germany which includes tracking of the personal phone calls of the German Chancellor. Of course, this was unacceptable to Angela Merkel and she immediately made it known to President Barack Obama.
Recent events have shown that Germany is not ready to tolerate any violations of their privacy by US surveillance. In a highly unusual move among the close NATO allies, Germany expelled the U.S. intelligence station chief in
Berlin on thursday over alleged spying by Washington.
“The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the embassy of the United States of America has been told to leave Germany,” Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman, said in a release.
The move comes in response to two reported cases of suspected U.S. spying in Germany and the yearlong spat over reported National Security Agency (NSA) spying in Germany. violations of their privacy.
Also, Germany has adopted a measure of using typewriters for sensitive documents to avoid NSA surveillance. This was a strategy that Russia opted for after revelations by Eric Snowden about US global spying. In another counter-spying measure, last November, in the immediate aftermath of the
revelations of NSA monitoring of Merkel’s mobile phone, the German government instructed its MPs to only use encrypted mobile phones for sensitive calls. The use of iPhones for intra-governmental communications is reportedly banned.
Meanwhile, Germany still wants talks which would possibly lead to a ‘no-spy’ agreement with the United States. The US however doesn’t at all seem interested in any form of ‘no-spy’ deal. Some US lawmakers even argue that it is necessary for the US to keep up spying activities.
I would like to know what you(readers) think but for me, I think it is uncalled for, for the US to go about spying on allies to the extent of tracking personal phone calls of a country’s leader. And its not only Germany, US has been accused of global spying and internet monitoring even for its own citizens.