Look who was recording calls made by Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Remember how angry the Germans were when they found out the NSA had been spying on the calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel?
Methinks they doth protest too much:
Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
The respected news weekly reported that the agency, known by its German acronym BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013 as part of its surveillance of telecommunications in the Middle East. The agency also recorded a conversation between Clinton and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan a year earlier, Der Spiegel claimed.
The magazine didn't give a source for its information, but said the calls were collected accidentally, that the three officials weren't directly targeted, and the recordings were ordered destroyed immediately. In Clinton's case, the call reportedly took place on the same "frequency" as a terror suspect, according to Der Spiegel.
f true, the revelations would be embarrassing for the German government, which has spent months complaining to Washington about alleged American spy activity in Germany. Last year German media reports based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden prompted a sharp rebuke from Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was allegedly among the U.S. intelligence agency's targets.
A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Berlin declined to comment on the latest reports.
As I've written many times since the Snowden leaks became public, there is dripping hypocrisy of other nations who claim to be offended by our spying on them when they practice the same sorts of espionage against us. The bottom line, is that if they have the capability to intercept calls from our diplomats and officials, they will do so eagerly. The spy game is immoral and knows few rules. To posit the notion that any specific western nation is blameless is absurd.
Germany now looks ridiculous for whining about what they themselves practice.