…Hapless official lands in Brazil’s net. But seriously, folks:
“The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the United States Embassy has been asked to leave Germany,” a government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement.
German officials have been frustrated in their efforts to receive clarification from Washington since last summer, when it was reported that the National Security Agency had been monitoring the digital communications of millions of Germans. The government tamped down that uproar, but fury flared anew when it was revealed last fall that the N.S.A. had been monitoring Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.
Although President Obama has offered assurances that the United States will no longer spy on Germany, two cases of suspected American espionage that have come to light in the past eight days have sparked a fresh round of outrage.
The newest cases apparently refer to a pair of old-fashioned human spies rather than digital eavesdropping. Fascinating. Feel free to discuss that or whatever.