Jul 10 2014, 3:35pm CDT | by Jessica Hannan
The federal government for Germany gave the boot to the U.S. intelligence station chief.
The Irish Times' article about the event, "Germany orders US intelligence chief out of country " by Denis Staunton, offers a lot of background to the latest scandal.
Yesterday, Germany discovered another double agent in the country's government and the formerly strong alliance is facing serious consequences.
According to German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert, “The representative of the US intelligence services in the Embassy of the United States was ordered to leave Germany."
The Federal Gov’t has asked the representative of the #US intelligence services at the US Embassy in Berlin to leave Germany. MT@RegSprecher— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) July 10, 2014
Yet a little more than a year after Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the U.S. National Security Administration's covert spying, German officials are not sure why a government wouldn't trust a solid alliance.
Seibert continued. "The request was made in light of the ongoing investigation by the chief federal prosecutor and questions that have been raised for months about the activities of US intelligence services in Germany.”
Just as the U.S. embassy remained silent about last week's discovery of a double agent in the foreign intelligence service (BND), the embassy in Berlin remains silent over the latest possible spy.
Last week's spy was a 31-year-old working for the BND in Munich while offering to sell secrets to the US via email. His deception was discovered when agent also attempted to sell secrets to the Russians, which is a very tetchy subject given the sanctions against Russia and the situation in the Ukraine.
Ukraine recently signed a treaty with the E.U. that offers political association and protection as the country moves towards a more Western government. And American and Germany politicians strongly agreed on the Ukraine, so the strain right now creates ripple effects.
Worst threat to euro is a lack of trust: The argument between Italy’s Matteo Renzi and Germany’s Angela Merkel... http://t.co/PyqfwbQjQY— Live Currency News (@currencynews) July 10, 2014
The German government confirmed a second double agent in the defense ministry after seizing his home computers and storage devices that contained confidential information. The employee's devices were seized “under suspicion of secret agent activity.”
And the German Chancellor isn't happy about the spies.
Angela Merkel called the spying a "waste of energy" and resources when "we have so many problems" that require a deeper "focus on the important things."
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician has increasingly shown mistrust and frustration at the American actions because respect requires good faith in alliances. A parliamentary committee met on Wednesday, July 9, to hear the details of espionage and political fall out and the next day the head of information officer received an "auf wiedersehen."
"When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises." -- Angela Merkel, German chancellor— Paul Ainslie (@cllrainslie) July 10, 2014
As public and government anti-American sentiment grows, private discussions are becoming public.
In fact, two-time interior minister and finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble called the American actions if true to be “so stupid that one can only weep at the foolishness of it all."
Germany asks top US spy in Berlin to leave country amid undercover agent investigation http://t.co/1r8c4UGNMA— DW (English) (@dw_english) July 10, 2014
Perhaps part of the U.S. covert operations comes from her prior ties to Russia as an East German. And America's current political strife with Russia may be causing all allies to be under suspicious since the Soviet Bloc's reach was so large and far.
Or course, not everyone lives in the world of FX’s The Americans.
What is more concerning is the alliance offers each country's citizens the ability to move freely. Since post-WWII, the countries alliance has been strong with political backing.
Marriage, employment, financial and educational reciprocation have been easily accessible to Americans when compared to other non-EU countries, but will the actions of one country cause disruption?
Source: Irish Times
Source: The White House
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