WikiLeaks: Steinmeier Spying Was About Covering Up Torture
According to recent revelations from WikiLeaks dumps, the NSA routinely spied on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for reasons that are yet unclear.
This is the second major time the United States has been accused to officially spying on Germany, an ally, in recent times. Last summer, there were reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone had been tapped, but an international investigation into the matter was dropped for lack of proof. The current revelations allege that US spying regarding Germany goes back at least to 1998.
WikiLeaks is a continual source of headache to the US government, whose statecraft largely hinges on certain things going without saying, including that its spying operations are sacrosanct. Opponents of George W. Bush, for instance, were horrified when he outed a CIA officer during his administration. The country is no longer viewed globally as a place to be free and have your privacy respected, but rather what amounts to a proto-fascist haven of thugs, unafraid to kill its own, caging more human beings than any other nation in history.
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A German official said his government is seeking answers from the Americans, but that it would be hard to reconcile what has been revealed. The motive and extent of the spying on Steinmeier has yet to be independently verified, but Julian Assange has said of the matter:
Today’s publication indicates that the NSA has been used to help the CIA kidnap and torture with impunity. For years the CIA was systematically abducting and torturing people, with the tacit complicity of European governments. In 2005 German Foreign Minister Steinmeier was thrilled that his tactic of asking Condoleezza Rice no hard questions about CIA renditions had worked. The US said nothing that would require him to do anything. And how do we know about it? Because the National Security Agency was gloating to the US senior executive about intercepting this cowardly display. Nobody comes out of this looking good.
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