The President of the European Parliament is demanding answers about the latest revelation that the NSA used electronic surveillance to spy on European Union diplomatic missions in Washington, New York, and Brussels. Is the United States government paranoid, and using the NSA to invade the privacy of the world?
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Edward Snowden is a hero or a villain, depending on who you ask. The question that needs to be asked is who will be the next whistleblower, and what will the subject be? There must be more that 536 people in Washington are hiding from 300 million.
If two young men, such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, can see it as their patriotic duty to reveal secretive subject matter, knowing that it made inevitable that they would receive the wrath and eventual punishment of our government, will there be others? (I said ‘patriotic,’ because they are loyal to the American people, not to our failed government.)
“I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices,” said the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. “If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.”
“On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the US authorities with regard to these allegations,” he added.
Germany’s justice minister wants answers as well, saying that if they were true, it is reminiscent of the “cold war.”
“It must ultimately be immediately and extensively explained by the American side whether media reports about completely disproportionate tapping measures by the US in the EU are accurate or not,” Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said in a statement.
Der Spiegel magazine on Saturday reported the displeasure of other diplomats.
“If these reports are true, it’s disgusting,” Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Der Spiegel.
“The United States would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies,” Asselborn continued. “We must get a guarantee from the very highest level now that this stops immediately.”
A spokesman for the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence had no comment on the Der Spiegel story, Reuters reported.
The report that angered members of the EU, came from Der Spiegel, quoting from a September 2010 “top secret” US National Security Agency (NSA) document leaked by former CIA employee Edward Snowden. It reported on Saturday that the NSA was eavesdropping on the EU’s internal computer networks in Washington, as well as at the 28-member bloc UN office in New York.
Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA spied on the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, home to the European Council.
Lode Vanoost is the former deputy speaker of the Belgian parliament.
“At the moment, the EU is negotiating a new free trade agreement with the United States,” the former deputy speaker noted. “Well, [now the US can gather] what their opponent is already discussing internally of strategy. That is one of the possibilities.”
He believes the United States is losing economic ground, and is desperate.
“On the economic level, [the US] is losing ground everywhere,” he said. “Look at what the BRIC countries are doing. The EU is having stronger ties with Russia, with Africa, with Latin America. And the US doesn’t seem to get its economic priorities imposed as it used to. So what I see is a big risk for economic spying.”
Maybe there is good reason for the U.S. to be paranoid, and using the NSA to invade the world’s secrecy.
The Guardian Express