Officials slam US over alleged bugging of EU offices; asylum in Russia eyed for Snowden

  • Article by: FRANK JORDANS , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 30, 2013 - 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration faced a breakdown in confidence Sunday from key foreign allies who threatened investigations and sanctions against the U.S. over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European Union offices.

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diogenesnyJun. 30, 1310:41 AM

I'd like to know how long this has been going on - I doubt it just started under President Obama. I'd also like to know if the EU has been performing similar espionage, though I don't expect we'll learn about that until the EU gets their own Snowden.

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sblodenJun. 30, 1311:03 AM

Not a great time for the EU to start to get uppity with the U.S. Aren't they trying to get out of the second dip of their double dip recession? Everybody is always quick to complain about the U.S. but also always willing to exploit our generosity.

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greatxJun. 30, 13 3:36 PM

diogenesny says: "I'd like to know how long this has been going on - I doubt it just started under President Obama."

I would say it has been happening since the end of World War 2. The NSA built a spy facility on a rubble pile in Berlin. It has been closed since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Google it, the area is now a city park.

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datelessnerdJun. 30, 13 3:56 PM

If, as some allege, the EU is involved in similar activities against the U.S., the NSA knows about it. The President should publicly disclose any and all spying that the EU is conducting on Americans in his response to the EU. If he has no evidence of similar activities, then he needs to apologize and stop spying on our allies.

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jd55604Jun. 30, 13 4:02 PM

Huh... So it's not just a small group of Freedom conscious, constitutionally aware Americans who disapprove of this scummy behavior. People in other countries are alarmed as well.

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foneboothJun. 30, 13 5:01 PM

And these innocent countries, having absolutely no spy network, are shocked, shocked I tell you, to learn this has been going on...after centuries of warfare in that part of the world, I am sure they re-captured their innocence, to sit all day in the sun, having a bit of wine and smoking a Gauloise and attending art exhibitions...assuming the rest of the world was doing the same

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edinawaterJun. 30, 13 5:44 PM

"If, as some allege, the EU is involved in similar activities against the U.S., the NSA knows about it. The President should publicly disclose any and all spying that the EU is conducting on Americans in his response to the EU. If he has no evidence of similar activities" ----

On the international stage you do not disclose that you know someone is spying on you. Instead you control what information they have access to. When the appropriate opportunity arises you feed them misinformation to use their spying to your advantage.

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alansonJun. 30, 13 7:38 PM

In John le Carre novels he calls MI6 (British Intelligence) "The Circus". But this NSA thing that the US has, now that's a real circus. The clowns that can't keep a secret.

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