Germany's spy chiefs were on their way to Washington Oct 25 to meet with U.S. officials to discuss the surveillance and recording of of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone conversations. It is widely believed that Chancellor Merkel is not the only U.S. ally, and/or other world leader whose phones are being monitored by the NSA.
The German spy chiefs will likely protest the offensive act against Merkel, as well as pass along a consensus among European leaders that the U.S should agree to a code of conduct in intelligence gathering. European news media outlets have been railing against U.S. surveillance methods and choices of who they have been employed on since it emerged last week that Chancellor Merkel's cellphone had been under regular surveillance as well as records of millions of French and Spanish phone calls having been collected.
In the ensuing days following the breaking of the story in Europe the U.S. ambassadors to Spain and Germany have been summoned for discussions on the matter by both nations national governments. The source of the revelations is reported to be Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor now under asylum status in Russia.
The White House has denied since the story broke that any surveillance is being conducted on Chancellor Merkel, but interestingly did not indicate whether or not such surveillance had occurred in the past; nor if and when other world leaders had been under NSA surveillance.
Almost all nations with any manner of spy agencies conduct surveillance on numerous other nations, for a variety of reasons, even their own allies. Sometimes it is strictly for industrial espionage which has actually proliferated far above and beyond the levels of espionage efforts pertaining to military and national security matters. The French in particular have spied on practically every nation in existence past and present.
Spying on one's enemies is a known and understood practice by both politicians and the public within each nation. Far less understood is spying on neutral nations and allies. Every major power throughout world history has at one point or another spied on it's allies. However, such spying was usually directed at assisting allies rather than exploiting them. Particularly if that ally did not have an effective counter-espionage ability to protect itself from it's enemies.
However, monitoring the electronic communications of an ally's leader is not aide or assistance, nor is it even espionage; it's nothing more than stalking, plain and simple. There is no other explanation for the widespread use of such methods amongst so many U.S. allies.
Pres. Obama has stated in the past, that 'everyone does it' in preparation for economic or other diplomatic meetings and conferences. However, this a dubious statement to put it mildly. It is very clear however, that Pres. Obama obviously employs such methods and it is doing a great deal of damage to relations with our allies.
This revelation goes hand in hand with what appears to be an effort to scare and intimidate anyone and everyone by the Obama regime. It is the same NSA conducting this surveillance outside the United States, as is reportedly collecting millions of phone records and tracking as many bytes of internet data as possible by U.S. citizens, whether sitting in their homes using such electronic devices or using mobile devices and software applications.
What has provoked the revelations to come from Ed Snowden about the surveillance on Chancellor Merkel is anyone's guess. However, Ed Snowden seems to troll out with one 'revelation' or another about how 'Obama is watching you', almost on cue whenever domestic opposition to Pres. Obama rears it's head; each revelation preceded or followed by some negative remark or another by either Pres. Obama, a member of his regime or the Democrat party media talking heads to the effect that blogs, talk radio, webcasts, or internet journalism sites such as this very one you are reading are a 'virtual Wild West' of uncontrolled information hurting the general public.
Put together with Obama's recent remarks scolding the American people for reading blogs, listening to talk radio or watching cable news critical of his policies and failures thereof; combined with the laughingstock that has become the Obamacare registration website built by the lowest bidding contractor as is the NSA's data collection and storage hardware and software, it seems less likely that there is as much capability to 'stalk' Americans and foreign leaders and citizens overseas and far more likely that Pres. Obama is employing a 'battered wife' approach to silence any and all opposition against him and stoking fear to prevent it from ever being voiced.
This is after all the same Barack Obama who as candidate for President in 2008 once leaped down from a stage upon finishing a speech, and began scolding a female journalist for making fun of his rather 'awkward looking' ears.