Obama Claims Ignorance of US Spying of World Leaders
Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 28, 2013
It is a different day, but the same story. After every scandal it is inevitable that Barack Obama will claim ignorance of the issues until after they are made public. This tactic has been used successfully since even before becoming president when Obama claimed to have not heard Rev. Wright’s racist rants, irrespective of the fact that he attended the church for nearly 20 years. He continued this tactic after his election on scandals that included the Benghazi consulate attack, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the Obamacare website fiasco, and now the NSA’s wiretapping of world leaders.
The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper reported that nearly three dozen world leaders have been spied on by the NSA. The source of the information is rogue NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. Spying on other countries by the United States is not unusual. However, the revelation that American allies were also under surveillance, including Germany and France with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone being tapped, takes this spying to a new level. Both countries have chastised the United States for the spying.
According to the New York Times, the White House has indicated that President Obama did not know of the spying on friendly world leaders until five years after his first election. This is an incredible acknowledgment that indicates either the White House is not being truthful or the rampant spying by various US intelligence agencies is out of control. Neither is acceptable.
With America’s spying on friendly world leaders our diplomatic stature that was already low under Barack Obama, has sunk even further. This revelation should also be a chilling reminder to Americans that a government willing to tap the phones of friendly world leaders will show little respect for the privacy and rights of individual American citizens.