Remember back in 2013 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a lot of the German people got really angry at the U.S. for allegedly spying on the German government? (Video via RT)
"Spying on friends is not at all acceptable, on anyone, and that goes for every citizen in Germany," Merkel told reporters.
While French President Francois Hollande, whose presidential palace was allegedly a target of surveillance, hasn't responded to the reports yet, don't be too surprised if he's outraged. (Video via RT)
But a writer for Foreign Affairs says that very public outrage could be more about directing public opinion away from their own domestic intelligence agencies. "By blaming only the NSA for mass surveillance, the public and foreign leaders let other intelligence services off the hook."
The latest reports about Germany's collaboration with the NSA are a good example of another textbook behavior for officials when espionage allegations arise.
German's interior minister, who those reports allege covered up NSA surveillance as head of the chancellery, has denied knowing about any sort of malpractice in German intelligence. (Video via Phoenix)
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