If the NSA has conducted surveillance on European allies – both citizenry and leadership – should the spy agency be willing to take the responsibility for any blowback?; Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images
The Los Angeles Times reports U.S. intelligence officials are angered by denials from the Obama Administration about spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also denied knowledge of “certain surveillance activities.”
To the surprise of many, Feinstein went further saying she is “totally opposed” to NSA collection of intelligence on leaders of U.S. allies. She is also calling a major review of the NSA operation.
Is it possible that President Obama and other senior politicians tasked with intelligence oversight were unaware of surveillance operations in Europe? What can we make of career intelligence officers complaining to the media about the denials? If the NSA has conducted surveillance on European allies – both citizenry and leadership – should the spy agency be willing to take the responsibility for any blowback?
Ken Dilanian, Intelligence and national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times in Washington D.C who co-wrote the story
Kathleen McClellan, National Security and Human Rights Counsel, Government Accountability Project – founded in 1977 to represent whistleblowers.
Robert Turner, Law Professor and Associate Director of the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia
Cameron Munter, Professor of International Relations at Pomona College. He served as American Ambassador to Pakistan 2010-2012 and to Serbia 2007-2009
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