As representatives of the European Union meet with American officials today to discuss reports of NSA spying in France and Germany, another country may want to shortly send a representative. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in one month. This could get awkward.
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, a Spanish newspaper said on Monday, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Spain’s government has so far said it was not aware its citizens had been spied on by the NSA, which has been accused of accessing tens of thousands of French phone records and monitoring the phone of German chancellor Angela Merkel.
France, Germany, Spain, Mexico – are these countries really a national security threat to the United States? Because for those playing at home, that’s what the NSA is supposed to be focusing on. Or is this really corporate espionage posing as a national security program?
Ironically, the Spanish government has opposed calls from France and Germany to enact legislation to rein in the NSA, saying its citizens had not been targeted. Try again.
Spain on Friday resisted calls from Germany for the European Union’s 28 member states to reach a “no-spy deal”, similar to an agreement Berlin and Paris are seeking, though Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the country was looking for more information.
El Mundo newspaper on Monday reproduced a graphic, which it said was an NSA document showing the agency had spied on 60.5 million phone calls in Spain between December 10, 2012 and January 8 this year.
Can the American people get a “no-spy deal”? We thought we already had one (called the Bill of Rights) but apparently the national security state no longer recognizes ye olde parchment. How about a new deal on civil liberties?
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