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U.S. taps half-billion German phone, internet links a month - Reuters

(Reuters) Sun Jun 30, 2013 - The United States taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a typical month and has classed its biggest European ally as a target similar to China, according to secret U.S. documents quoted by a German newsmagazine.

The revelations of alleged U.S. surveillance programs based on documents taken by fugitive former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have raised a political furor in the United States and abroad over the balance between privacy rights and national security.

Exposing the latest details in a string of reputed spying programs, Der Spiegel quoted from an internal NSA document which it said its reporters had seen.

The document Spiegel cited showed that the United States categorized Germany as a "third-class" partner and that surveillance there was stronger than in any other EU country, similar in extent to China, Iraq or Saudi-Arabia.

"We can attack the signals of most foreign third-class partners, and we do it too," Der Spiegel quoted a passage in the NSA document as saying.

It said the document showed that the NSA monitored phone calls, text messages, emails and internet chat contributions and has saved the metadata - that is, the connections, not the content - at its headquarters.

On an average day, the NSA monitored about 20 million German phone connections and 10 million internet data sets, rising to 60 million phone connections on busy days, the report said.

A Spiegel report on Saturday that the NSA had spied on European Union offices caused outrage among EU policymakers, with some even calling for a suspension to talks for a free trade agreement between Washington and the EU.

In France, Der Spiegel reported, the United States taps about 2 million connection data a day. Only Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand were explicitly exempted from spy attacks.

Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/30/us-usa-germany-spy...

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Michael V. Hayden, former

Michael V. Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, said the European outrage was unwarranted and that leaders there “should look first and find out what their own governments are doing.”

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We should have an, "I'm Going

We should have an, "I'm Going to Blow Up the Whitehouse" Tweet Day as a worldwide protest. I think someone already suggested this.

soo bizarre

when the german government leaders talk about the U.S. they always refer to the U.S. as a friend. nice friendship. why does the U.S. consider us germans as a target? why is germany spied on like china or iran? am i missing something? maybe it's because we are "the leaders" in europe? but why spy on the ordinary citizen? this is just so messed up. i am so f+++ing angry!

Don't take it personally germanRPfan.

My country too is a "friend" of the US, until we don't want to supply troop's to go to war for Dick Cheny's personal profit, or have an Echelon spy base in our country.
We are very, VERY good friends with the US/UN,as long as we do what they want.
To make our relationship with them perfect, they select someone that we can then "elect'...and that keeps the peace between us...and them.

Merkel and the German government

are entwined in this connivance with the US Government. Merkel feigns every ounce of surprise she may emit.

Not just politicians, but everyone is America speaks of the Germans as friends.

Your anger is understood, but I am afraid your National pedestal is no taller than any other at this time.

unfortunately you're right!

Merkel said last week when the first part of the story broke, that she will have secret talks with the U.S. to discuss the subject. Now we know to what extend we were spied on. I don't think that will change anything. Merkel is scared to talk about this subject in public. It's very possible that the german government knew about this spying. they tried to install a few spy-programs themselves but the constitutional court (our supreme court)is always in their way.

Occupied Since 1945

The US ability to exert pressure is real.

List of United States Army installations in Germany: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Army_inst...


There has been Anglo - Teutonic competition & tension for centuries. European (UK)and NATO policy has been about German containment. Neither Margret Thatcher (UK) nor Francois Mitterand (FR) were for Germany re-uniting. They believed in a weak Germany policy.

Left alone, Germany IS the greatest power in Europe and a real global economic contender & innovator. Germans believe in saving and they dislike debt. They generate value while the US & UK have become credit-fueled consumption whores.

Lastly, recent history has illustrated to German citizens to question their government and that privacy is sacred.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Any Surprise Germany made a Call on its Gold?

Any surprise the NY Fed said come back in 7 years?


The German Bundesbank is developing a new approach as to where its gold will be stored. According to exclusive information, to be fully announced on Wednesday, the bank will in the future hold less gold in the New York Fed, and no more hold in Paris (Banque de France). As a result, the distribution of German gold, of which 45% is held in New York, 13% in London, 11% in Paris and 31% in Frankfurt, is about to change.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

More links

Germany Compares US Bugging to 'Cold War' - ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/germany-compares-...

Officials ‘shocked’ over report US spied on EU - Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/2013/06/30/germany-investigating-...

Key US-EU trade pact under threat after more NSA spying allegations - UK Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/30/nsa-spying-europ...


We have been spying on German industry for decades.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

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I am really starting to

I am really starting to believe that snowden STILL works for the NSA and this is a big psyop. First you have the very unrealistic "escape" and half-hearted chase. Then there is the piece that showed Snowden, in 2010, commenting that whistleblower s should have their balls blown off. And now we have Rothschild News Service ("Reuters") disseminating information highly damaging to the U.S.

Something just doesn't smell right - and knowing the Powers That Be as we do, very little, if anything, happens that isn't scripted.

Cos Cob, CT

Anything is possible

But, unless Glenn Greenwald is part of the "psyop", then this being a "psyop" would make Glenn a very gullible guy.

Having Snowden donate $500 to Dr. Paul's campaign--would that be part of the "psyop" too?

Anything is possible.

As far as these news agencies/state media reporting on this--they report just enough to gather in the readers and clicks (all about headlines and advertising dollars), but in a day or two they will immmediately return back to the demonizing portion of their script. They are no different than supermarket tabloids.

European officials lash out at new NSA spying report - CBS News

Protestors hold posters reading 'Stasi 2.0' depicting U.S. President Barack Obama wearing headphones, in allusion of a film poster of the movie 'The Lives of Others' talking about spying and monitoring practices of the former Eastern German secret police 'Stasi', on June 18, 2013, in Berlin.

I don't think the Germans are very happy with our government's spying on their every move. This could get very interesting.

A top German official accused the United States on Sunday of using "Cold War" methods against its allies, after a German magazine cited secret intelligence documents to claim that U.S. spies bugged European Union offices.

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was responding to a report by German news weekly Der Spiegel, which claimed that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on EU offices in Washington, New York and Brussels. The magazine cited classified U.S. documents taken by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that it said it had partly seen.

"If the media reports are accurate, then this recalls the methods used by enemies during the Cold War," Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said in a statement to The Associated Press.

"It is beyond comprehension that our friends in the United States see Europeans as enemies," she said, calling for an "immediate and comprehensive" response from the U.S. government to the claims.

Other European officials demanded an explanation from the U.S.

The revelations come at a particularly sensitive time for U.S.-E.U. relations, as long-awaited talks about a new trade pact are scheduled to begin next week. It is unclear how the latest report on NSA spying are going to affect them, but the trade pact has been a centerpiece of the Obama administrations diplomatic efforts in Europe for some time.


Stasi 2.0 - Beautiful

A pretty damning statement.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

"A Spiegel report on Saturday

"A Spiegel report on Saturday that the NSA had spied on European Union offices caused outrage among EU policymakers, with some even calling for a suspension to talks for a free trade agreement between Washington and the EU."

Get back to me when you start taking actions like these by default, .......for starters!

As the world learns of the atrocities of our government

unfortunately We the People are going to probably have our lives turned upside down because of their reprehensible actions. Also unfortunate is that we have exported our type of government on the rest of the world and so probably most nations now have the same path of surveillance and spying efforts that modern technology enables, so it is not just our government doing horrible things. However, the world is most likely finally going to say enough with America and if the whole world turns against us, we will collapse harder than any nation in history. If our leaders do not own up to all their crimes against humanity we must all be prepared to pay a dear price. I have always wanted this corruption exposed and the people behind it held accountable, however I now fear I maybe should have been careful what I wished for. It is truly a frightening moment in time to think about the complete unraveling of this once great nation and the potential for utter chaos that may ensue to reset life in our world.

And the other thought for consideration is that the timing of Edward Snowden and the release of all this confidential information may prove to be choreographed and orchestrated purposefully by those pushing for the New World Order. Collapsing the United States and sending it into civil war would be one of the final pieces they need to bring about world government, one currency and the corporate fascist control of the globe. War is always pure profit for the bankers and global elite, so bringing America down will line their pocketbooks.

I hope I am dead wrong and peaceful living and freedom are on the horizon, rather than the heartache and suffering that could easily come from the turmoil that seems to be escalating. You can just feel something big is about to happen and when the dust settles let us hope it results in a better world.


another booomshakalaka?

One would think zee germans would be pissed. But their gov probably asks our gov to hand over the spy goods.

Just to be clear how this was leaked

According to the NY Times, this appears to have been leaked by Edward Snowden to Laura Poitras, the documentary film maker who filmed his "coming out" interview with Glenn Greenwald. Poitras is the author of the Der Spiegel article.

On Saturday, Der Speigel reported that it was able to review “top secret” N.S.A. documents in Mr. Snowden’s possession dated September 2010 that showed that the agency had infiltrated European Union computers in two locations to monitor telephone conversations, e-mails and other documents.

The magazine said that surveillance devices were installed in the European Union’s offices in Washington and that the organization’s computer networks in Brussels had been infiltrated.

The lead writer of the article was Laura Poitras, 49, a documentary filmmaker who emerged as the pivotal connection between Mr. Snowden and writers for The Guardian and The Washington Post who published his leaked documents about government surveillance. She has shared bylines with reporters of those publications in their coverage of the N.S.A. leaks.


The US government just continues to make friends

doesn't it? Gotta wonder how efficient they really are with spying on the whole world.

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