It turns out that there is another NSA whistleblower in addition to Edward Snowden. Cory Doctorow writes that an anonymous leaker has revealed to a German publication Bild am Sonntag that the NSA has been spying on senior German government officials as well as the chancellor Angela Merkel, something that Snowden hinted at in his interview with the German TV station ARD.
As Doctorow says:
The NSA is out of control. The president of the United States, the man who has the final say over NSA policy, directly ordered them to stop spying on Angela Merkel. NSA spooks then cooked up a way of continuing to spy on Chancellor Merkel anyway, using a flimsy pretense unworthy of four-year-old. (This is assuming that Obama himself didn’t wink-nudge them and say, “Actually, go ahead and keep spying on her but not personally, OK?”)
Actually, I think the latter is true. The NSA would not directly defy the president. The nudge-and-wink strategy is what American presidents always indulge in in order to make it look as if their hands are clean.
It is encouraging to see another NSA leaker emerge but I worry for him/her. So far this person is anonymous but you can bet that that NSA is going all out to make sure that he or she does not escape their clutches the way Snowden did and they will dish out harsh punishment.