Germany's Merkel seeks 'sensible' US spy talks

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  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    July 18, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    Good luck. There's nothing sensible with this goobermint.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 18, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Allies spying on each other is business as usual. Israeli spies on the United States which is its greatest ally. The U.S. spies on Israel as well. Both sides are aware of the other’s espionage activities.

    U.S. spying on Germany was stepped up after 911 which was a plot hatched by al Qaeda cells in Germany which completely failed to detect it. It’s not surprising that the U.S. might see German espionage as less than reliable on mutual defense interests.

    Edward Snowden’s espionage activities against his own government led to his leaking to the press the information that the U.S. was listening in on Merkel’s cell phone conversations. No one can fault Merkel for taking it personally. But the U.S. is absolutely justified in rejecting Merkel’s insistence on a no-spy agreement between the two allies.

    Merkel may be having second thoughts yesterday’s shoot down of a commercial airliner over the Ukraine. At the very least, she should be wondering if Germany’s strategic timing of the expulsion of a top U.S. spy in her country was a blunder on her part.