Ah, Washington, DC. There has not been a dull moment in the fifty years and counting that I’ve lived here. (Don’t get me started on local politics in particular, where you are accused of “playing the race card” if you point out that race exists.) For instance, forty years ago “all the President’s men” bugged the offices of the Democratic Party, and were exposed by
Robert Redford Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post, acting on a tip from Linda Lovelace Mark Felt of the FBI. The President himself had to resign in the following year.
But times have changed; the Democratic Party now controls “the President’s men” and it has larger sights than the other US political party. Thus according to Der Spiegel a 2010 top secret NSA document from Edward Snowden’s cache that it has seen says that the agency bugged the DC office of the European Union and infiltrated its computer network, aside from operations at the EU’s UN representation and at the Brussels main headquarters itself. Der Spiegel promises a “full story” tomorrow.
Initial reaction from Europe is predictably negative. Deutsche Welle quotes the president of the European Parliament as saying,
I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices. If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.
Or, more pithily, the Luxembourg Foreign Minister says,
The US would do better to monitor its intelligence services instead of its allies.
I wonder who will star in the movie this time.
Photo by Morten Nisker Toppenberg under Creative Commons license