Der Spiegel cover story on NSA surveillance of Europe

NSA spying is big news in the US, but huge news in Europe, too. This week, the cover story of German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel is all about the "Top secret documents that detail the mass scope of efforts by the United States to spy on Germany and Europe."

"Each month, the NSA monitors a half a billion communications and EU buildings are bugged. The scandal poses a threat to trans-Atlantic relations."

Part I, Part II, Part III. By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid, Holger Stark and Jonathan Stock.

[via Freedom of the Press Foundation]

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  1. If the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia believe they're not under the same massive surveillance as Germany, France, the U.S. itself, and the rest of the world I have a bridge in Brooklyn that's for sale.

  2. Oh good then I guess we have nothing to worry about.

  3. Am I missing something? Don't Germany, Australia, Britain, France (and really every country) have their own state sponsored spy programs? They must have known all along that we spy on everybody just like they do.....I am not saying it's right or legal, just saying they don't have much room to protest. Big Brother is here....and there, too!

  4. The American embassy in Moscow was heavily bugged by the USSR for many decades. The Soviet contractors building it were co-opted by the KGB and built bugs right into the walls and decorations. That is not "conspiracy theorist bullshit", and you can read a little history to see what we did do about it. Short story.....politically not much.

  5. Of course France spies on us. Has spied on us and will spy on us again. Mostly for industrial espionage, though. There are a still a lot of fields where Germany and France are direct competitors.

    However, as far as we know, they used traditional methods - intelligence gathering, some bribery, perhaps a bugged fax machone once in a while - but not even close to the extent of the current surveillance by the Orwellian alliance.

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