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Like Father Bush, Like Son Obama: Obama Knew and Approved NSA Spying On Germany’s Merkel

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US President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media have reported  as a damaging espionage scandal widens.

Bild am Sonntag quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation in 2010.

“Obama did not halt the operation but rather let it continue,” the  newspaper quoted a high-ranking NSA official as saying.

News weekly Der Spiegel reported that leaked NSA documents showed that Merkel’s phone had appeared on a list of spying targets since 2002, and was still under surveillance shortly before Obama visited Berlin in June.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that Obama had told Merkel he had been unaware of spying against her. Der Spiegel said he told her if he had been informed of the operation he would have stopped it at once.

Bild am Sonntag said  Obama wanted to be informed in detail about Merkel,  widely seen as Europe’s most powerful leader.

As a result, the report said, the NSA stepped up its surveillance of her communications, targeting not only the mobile phone she uses for her conservative Christian Democratic Union party but also her encrypted official device.

It said only the specially secured land line in her office was out of the reach of US spies.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=11&art_id=138942&sid=40732012&con_type=1&d_str=20131028&fc=1

 

http://realtime.rediff.com/news/bild-am-sonntag#bild am sonntag

 

President Obama was aware of NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel since 2010, German media have revealed. An NSA spokeswoman later denied the allegations.

  According to German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which cited US  intelligence sources, National Security Agency chief Keith  Alexander briefed Obama on the bugging operation against Merkel  in 2010.  

“Obama did not halt the operation but rather let it  continue,” an unnamed high-ranking NSA official told the  newspaper.

  Moreover, the paper said, the US president later ordered the NSA  to prepare a comprehensive dossier on Merkel.  

  That contradicts earlier reports that Obama personally assured  Merkel he didn’t know – and that he would have stopped it if he  had.  

  An NSA spokeswoman released a statement on Sunday after the Bild  am Sonntag revelations came to light that: “Alexander did not  discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign  intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel,”  adding that “news reports claiming otherwise are not  true.”  

The NSA’s findings, SMS messages and phone calls, were directly reported to the White House in Washington, unlike as usual to NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, the paper’s source said.

http://rt.com/news/obama-nsa-spying-merkel-808/

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

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