15 July 2015

spying without frontiers

● The saga of Olimar and the X-ray specs continues.
Olimar and his friends regularly spied on many ladies while they were undressing, including Angela and Dilma.
The office of the Generalbundesanwalt (Germany’s Attorney General), which was contemplating action against the US government for alleged spying on Angela Merkel, recently gave up its investigation, ostensibly for lack of evidence. But last week, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, WikiLeaks published material which prima facie shows that the National Security Agency’s spying activities went beyond Angela Merkel to other members of her government, and to politicians from earlier eras, including Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder.
One intercepted phone call by Merkel from 2011 (below) reveals her apparent thoughts about Greece at the time. Finance Minister Schäuble calling for haircuts which his boss resisted? This puts an interesting complexion on the thesis that Germany’s hardliners – currently being blamed for the imposition of additional terms on Greece (perhaps to penalise it for ‘trying it on’) – are figure-headed by Schäuble.
Discussing the Greek financial crisis with her personal assistant, Angela Merkel professed to be at a loss as to which option — another haircut or a transfer union — would be best for addressing the situation ... Merkel’s fear was that Athens would be unable to overcome its problems even with an additional haircut, since it would not be able to handle the remaining debt ... Within the German cabinet, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble alone continued to strongly back another haircut, despite Merkel’s efforts to rein him in.
Mr Obama’s attempts to influence the Euro crisis presumably have to be seen in the light of him being kept informed about this sort of background detail.
Meanwhile, the British government, which appears to have been complicit in the USA’s spying on Germany, is continuing with its plans to increase intrusionary powers into private communications in Britain, already the world capital for surveillance.

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