Many higher-ups among Europeans demanded a full explanation from the United States on the latest scandal to hit the airwaves. According to the Guardian, certain NSA leaks reveal a lot of hanky-panky going on behind the scenes. The NSA has been eavesdropping on EU countries thereby destroying US credibility in the process. This breach in trust comes at a time when the two communities were ready to begin a free trade agreement. The US placed bugs in EU offices in its capital. It monitored computers and also employed electronic means to reach records it had no business poking its nose into. The whole scandal erupted on the scene when former NSA employee Edward Snowden lent the press access to certain secret documents. The timing couldn’t have been worse than this.
A trade agreement between the United States and the European Union was underway. Now there are chances of the whole process being derailed. The implicit thought is that partners do not spy on each other. But the facts speak otherwise. The US is in quite a fix and will have to give some solid reasons for its bad behavior. France, Germany, Greece and Italy are four of the key countries that have been spied upon. They want answers for this blatant disregard of international privacy.
The French Foreign Minister has said that if these facts turn out to be true they would be absolutely unacceptable. Meanwhile, Germany’s Justice Ministry has asked for complete clarification of the details concerning this act. The European Commission President spoke of how this was reminiscent of the way of enemies during the Cold War. The US National Intelligence Office is busy responding to the allegations. The current statement is that the US gathers information from other countries. But the clause is that it is the same type of foreign intelligence that other nations gather each day. However, a recent report shows that over 38 embassies and foreign offices are targeted as spying foci by the US. The whole shebang was begun by Snowden.
Snowden is currently a fugitive and seeking political asylum in Moscow. If the allegations turn out to be true it can have a deep impact on US-EU relations for the future. Very few countries were exempt from US surveillance. They included: UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The controversial matter has ignited a debate on the right to confidentiality. And Germany has been the most targeted country. Other victims of US spying activities are Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Meanwhile, Mr. Snowden has definitely bitten the hand that fed him. He had been planning on doing just that for a year. And now that he has been successful, the high command is worried. And they should be too.