Global condemnation is on the horizon, as Germany is the latest government to push back against U.S. snooping.
Demanding the head of Edward Snowden may be what President Obama is thinking, but he’d be wise to hold his tongue. The United States is on the verge of global condemnation for the latest round of revelations involving the NSA’s spying on its allies. As international opinions begin to shift in favor of the American leaker, the United States government has to play defense on a growing number of fronts.
With Germany leading the way in admonishing the United States’ conduct in spying on an ally, others are sure to follow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters the most recent reports were alienating and could negatively impact forward progress on current trade agreement talks. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert also went on to say, that if the report was true the U.S. behavior was “unacceptable.”
Martin Schulz, president of the EU Parliament and also a German was a tad more blunt. “On behalf of the European Parliament I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations. He too adding,” if the report was correct, it would have a severe impact on relation between the EU and the United States.
Apparently no U.S. ally was spared serious scrutiny and their pissed, as Germany’s news weekly, Der Spiegel blasted a report stating the NSA had also bugged EU offices in Washington, New York and Brussels. How the administration will spin a positive response to what is sure to be a global backlash will be entertaining to observe to say the least. The default argument of “fighting global terror” obviously won’t fly in this circumstance, so some serious fireworks should follow soon.
Without a doubt, the illusive leaker is causing the United States government more damage than the administration is willing to admit. Despite President Obama’s dismissive portrayal of Edward Snowden as a mere 29 year old hacker, he remains the administration’s greatest concern. Diminishing and deriding Mr. Snowden’s character will only go so far as the focus will eventually revert back to what Mr Snowden is saying from what is being said about Mr. Snowden.
You can forget the administration’s embarrassing performance in addressing the Syria crisis. You can ignore the sure to fail effort to restart the Middle East Peace process. You can turn a blind eye to the U.S.’ impotence in affecting Egypt’s political meltdown. This global spying issue is the issues to watch as it is sure to remain hot for a long while. Stay Tuned