Sec. Kerry Defends Obama Admin Spying on EU Allies
With France and Germany outraged to find that the Obama administration has allegedly bugged 38 foreign embassies to snoop on our allies, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed there is nothing unusual about spying on allies in that fashion.
I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs and national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security and all kinds of information contributes to that. All I know is that it is not unusual for lots of nations.
But the Daily Mail reports that French President Francois Hollande is not satisfied with Kerry's explanation in the slightest. Instead, Hollande is demanding the Obama administration stop spying on allies "immediately."
Hollande said, "We cannot accept this kind of behavior."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed Hollande's sentiment: "If it is confirmed that diplomatic representations of the European Union and individual European countries have been spied upon, we will clearly say that bugging is unacceptable. We are no longer in the Cold War."
This tension arose when NSA leaker Edward Snowden released a document allegedly showing that the U.S. had "secretly bugged EU offices in America."
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