The latest revelations by Edward Snowden reveal that German chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of western European nations who expressed such concern at revelations of the NSA spying on their citizens were lying, playing roles to suggest that they are working for the benefit of their own people when in fact they are conniving with the US.
America’s National Security Agency works closely with Germany and other Western states on a “no questions asked”-basis, former NSA employee Edward Snowden said in comments that undermine Chancellor Angela Merkel’s indignant talk of “Cold War” tactics.
“They are in bed with the Germans, just like with most other Western states,” German magazine Der Spiegel quotes him as saying in an interview published on Sunday that was said to be carried out before he fled to Hong Kong in May and divulged details of extensive secret US surveillance.
“Other agencies don’t ask us where we got the information from and we don’t ask them. That way they can protect their top politicians from the backlash in case it emerges how massively people’s privacy is abused worldwide,” he said.
His comments about cooperation with governments overseas, which he said were led by the NSA’s foreign affairs directorate, appear to contradict the German government’s show of surprise at the scale of the US electronic snooping.
No wonder the leaders of all these nations are so eager to hand Snowden over to the US. He is showing them all up.