So, is it a safe assumption that your surveillance program has jumped the shark when the Germans think you’re being a bit harsh? That seems to be the case according to Reuters, who is reporting that President Obama is having to soothe the nerves of our Teutonic allies. Apparently our friends in Germany think that the level of snooping by the NSA is a bit much.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to allay concerns from German Chancellor Angela Merkel about reported U.S. spying on European allies on Wednesday, and they agreed to hold a high-level meeting on the subject in coming days.
Angela Merkel to NSA, I Know Stasi when I see it http://t.co/MC7p7CJCMw
— The Star People (@londonriots8) July 3, 2013
Following his recent visit to Berlin, the President spoke to Chancellor Merkel by phone today: http://t.co/zUgqY9QLoh
— WH National Security (@NSC44) July 3, 2013
Pres. Obama called Chanc. Merkel today – takes German concerns on NSA "seriously", reiterated support for TTIP….
— Gregor Peter Schmitz (@GPSchmitz) July 3, 2013
This comes after a spate of recent reports indicating that Merkel was about as pleased with the situation as McKayla Maroney was with her silver medal.
"Using bugs to listen in on friends is not on" Angela Merkel: NSA snooping claims 'extremely serious' http://t.co/LVYGkf3d3p
— Guardian World (@guardianworld) July 3, 2013
Germany summons U.S. ambassador as Merkel demands clarity over claims NSA spied on EU. http://t.co/4TUmZWGCO4
— *Russian Market (@russian_market) July 1, 2013
Oh well, at least this should provide an appropriate forum for the use of the Chancellor’s new favorite word.
— Deepak Minhas (@Deepak_Minhas79) July 3, 2013