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Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

German chancellor furious after revelations US intelligence agency listened in on her personal mobile phone

Ian Traynor in Brussels and Paul Lewis in Washington
The Guardian, Tuesday 17 December 2013 13.23 EST

In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.

The German chancellor also told the US president that America's National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.

Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine that the Americans were listening in to her personal mobile phone, Merkel confronted Obama with the accusation: "This is like the Stasi."

The newspaper also reported that Merkel was particularly angry that, based on the disclosures, "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, to the anger of Washington which is pressuring the EU to stop the testimony.


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Bullshyte Ms Merkel,

you UN mouth piece, like you had NO IDEA that countries spy on other countries? Like the US hasn't spied, eavesdropped or infiltrated Germany…ever? Yeah Right!
You are creating a storm in a tea cup for the world's press….and it will be business as usual behind the scenes, arse licking and selling out the citizens of your country.
I call bull on you pretend "outrage".

It wasn't the spying...

...it was the totally sucking at running a spy organization.

It wasn't so much the immorality but the incompetence that ruffled her Teutonic feathers.

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It's personal also!

Council: "Ms. Merkel, the Americans are tapping our citizens phones"!
Merkel: "Yah yah, sehr gut".
Council: "Ms. Merkel, they are tapping YOUR personal phone"!
Merkel: "Was ist das? Obama, Sid hässliche hurensohn! Nicht! Dies ist nicht akzeptabel"!!!

Not a problem spying on the commoners.
A different story spying on the elite.

She willfully ignored the big dog in the house.
And now it has bitten her on the a$$.


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The Constitution Stands.

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Merkel would know

She grew up in the DDR. Wikileaks also disclosed that the US thinks of Germany as a "third rate partner".

Movie on the Stasi, "Lives of Others": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FppW5ml4vdw

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