Infuriated Merkel compares NSA to Stasi, spies in former East Germany
German chancellor has heated exchange with U.S. President Barack Obama
In a heated exchange, German Chancellor Angela Merkel compared the practices of the National Security Agency to those of the Stasi, the all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany. Merkel also told U.S. President Barack Obama that America's NSA can't be trusted.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was particularly angry that "the NSA clearly couldn't be trusted with private information, because they let Snowden clean them out."
Merkel was particularly angry that "the NSA clearly couldn't be trusted with private information, because they let Snowden clean them out."
Snowden is to testify on the NSA scandal to a European parliament inquiry next month. Inviting someone "who is wanted in the U.S. and has jeopardized the lives of U.S. soldiers" was beneath the dignity of the European parliament, U.S. House Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers said.
Rogers declined to comment on Merkel's alleged remarks to Obama, referring to the exchange as "a conversation that may or may not have occurred."
Senior Brussels officials say the EU is struggling to come up with a coherent and effective response to the revelations of mass U.S. and British surveillance of electronic communication in Europe.
There has to be a discussion about the legality of the NSA's operations and also of the activities of European intelligence agencies.
"We have received substantial evidence that the operations by intelligence services in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany are in breach of international law and European law," in a report drafted by Claude Moraes, the British Labour MEP heading the inquiry.
In the meantime, Berlin has been pursuing a bilateral pact with the Americans aimed at curbing NSA activities and insisting on a "no-spying pact" between allies.
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