Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, is “shocked” to learn that the US has bugged EU embassies and facilities in Washington, New York and Brussels. I’d have been shocked if the US hadn’t at least tried to do so.
Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine said National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden showed its reporters “parts” of a secret document from 2010 that outlined how the US had placed devices in the two EU embassies and gained access to their internal computer networks.
The document referred to the EU as a “target”. According to Der Spiegel, the NSA also targeted telecommunications at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, home to the European Council, the collective of EU national governments.
What splendid little pearls the hero Snowden is putting out there. The Telegraph reports that the revelation could be “highly damaging” to US/EU relations. Let’s hope so, though in truth no-one should be surprised. Supposed friends spy on each other at least as much as they do on apparent enemies. Since we’re looted to fund “our” espionage efforts, I certainly hope they’re up to no good in the US and EU too.
In the end it reveals to true nature of governments, which are just gangs of people out for advantage. The interesting question is what they are after. When the CIA spied on UN diplomats it was to dig up dirt on individuals. Presumably the point is to pressure the influential and affect policy. It would certainly explain some of the strange things which governments do. EU politicians and technocrats are reminded that if they have nothing to hide they have nothing to fear.