Thursday, July 10, 2014

US/Germany: Update--Germany Asks US Intelligence Official to Leave Berlin

According to Reuters, Germany has asked a US intelligence official assigned to the US Embassy in Berlin to leave the country in connection with investigations into American spying in Germany, a Chancellor Merkel's spokesperson said on Thursday (July 10). 

COMMENT: "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," Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

Considering that Washington has offered no explanation as to why it has continued to target the German government from a hostile intelligence standpoint, Berlin's action seems reasonable and understandable.

The only possible explanation for the US Government's strange behavior is my recent posting linked below on the increasing relationship between Beijing and Berlin: 

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2014/07/china-and-germany-assessment-on-rising 

Nevertheless, if Washington had a problem with Germany's growing relationship with China, it should have communicated its concern to Berlin, given the fact that the BND and US intelligence continue to have regular contact.

The above being said, the intelligence targeting of Germany has been underway well before Berlin began establishing closer dialogue with China, considering that that US was eavesdropping on Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone nearly two years ago.

At least publicly, the US has never communicated to Germany why it has continued to engage in hostile intelligence gathering. As recent as a week ago, Berlin continued to be puzzled by Washington's behavior, which has included the arrest of a German national who offered his services to the US.