The latest Guardian news item on the Snowden revelations says that that Spain has also been subjected to massive NSA surveillance. The story was in initially broken by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
It looks like the Snowden documents are being released to those outlets and at those times where they will have the greatest impact. This one was on the eve of a European delegation being sent to the US about this issue. Spain had earlier rejected joint action with France and Germany but the latest revelation seems to have changed its mind.
The news comes as a parliamentary delegation from the EU prepares to visit Washington to discuss the scale of US spying on its allies. The EU’s civil liberties committee will meet members of Congress to express their concerns over the impact on EU citizens’ fundamental right to privacy.
Last week Spain rejected a move by Germany, which wants the EU’s 28 member states to sign a “no-spy deal” along the lines of an agreement wanted by Berlin and Paris.
“We’ll see once we have more information if we decide to join with what France and Germany have done,” Rajoy said at a press conference in Brussels on Friday.
The US ambassador has also been summoned to the Foreign Ministry to explain US actions. I am guessing that US ambassadors around the world are spending a lot of time in their host countries’ foreign ministries.
I would not be surprised if, in a day or two, we will learn that the Spanish leader’s private phone was also tapped.