It appears Edward Snowden has been right on target in implying the U.S. government has been going way too far with its spying. Now not only are American citizens angry about being spied on by their own government, Germany is deeply concerned that the U.S. government appears to have been spying on allies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the U.S. spy reports are a very serious matter if they are true reported ABC News on July 7, 2014.
Merkel recently said if reports that a German intelligence employee has spied for the United States are proven to be true it would represent a "clear contradiction" of trust between the two powerful allies. Last week a 31 year old man was arrested by Germany on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence services. German prosecutors have said the man is suspected of having handed over 218 documents between 2012 and 2014. German media says the man was an employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service and that he sold his services to the U.S.
Germany has been turning up pressure in the suspected U.S. spy case reported Al Jazeera. Merkel has said if the allegations in this case are true that kind of spying on allies must come to a stop. Germany's Foreign Ministry has summoned the U.S. ambassador to help clarify this case. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was quoted as saying in the Bild newspaper he expects everyone to assist in quickly clearing up the accusations.
This incident threatens to again strain relations between Germany and the United States. Earlier relations were strained with reports that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Germans and even tapped Chancellor Merkel's cellphone. German President Joachim Gauck said on ZDF television if it turns out to be true that the U.S. actually gave this kind of assignment to a German employee, then its really time to say "That's enough now."
The U.S. government had better act quickly to clarify these issues and work aggressively to avoid a total breakdown in relations with Germany. With more hot spots flaring up daily across the world losing Germany as an ally could be a critical loss for the U.S. Setting European alliances back to the framework of World War 1 and World War 11 would not be a laughing matter.