Sunday, August 25, 2013

"Smart" diplomacy

(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations' New York headquarters, Germany's Der Spiegel weekly said on Sunday in a report on U.S. spying that could further strain relations between Washington and its allies.
Good thing we don't have an idiot cowboy in the Oval Office, making our allies mad at us.  Oh, wait:

In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron published on Sunday, editors of leading Nordic newspapers said Miranda's detention and moves against the Guardian were "undermining the position of the free press throughout the world".

"(We are) deeply concerned that a stout defender of democracy and free debate such as the United Kingdom uses anti-terror legislation in order to legalise what amounts to harassment of both the paper and individuals associated with it," said the letter from Sweden's Dagens Nyheter, Finland's Helsingin Sanomat, Denmark's Politiken and Norway's Aftenposten.
Sure, it was the brits wut don it.  But anyone who thinks we weren't involved from beginning to end is a mouth breather.

It's like all that talk about restoring our reputation in the world was just a bunch of partisan hackery, or something.


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

What? They are furreners. You can listen to them all week and twice on Sunday.

Borepatch said...

Of course they are, and of course we can. But it's getting our allies mad at us.

It's the hypocrisy of the Left that I'm calling out.

SiGraybeard said...

But isn't it the NSA's actual job to listen to fur'ners, not 'mercans?

Wanna take bets MI-6 does the same thing?

There's probably more bugs in the UN than a south Miami greasy spoon diner.

kx59 said...

We have allies?

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"There's probably more bugs in the UN than a south Miami greasy spoon diner."

That was my first thought when I heard about this. I suspect that it's one of those things where everybody does it, everybody knows everybody is doing it, it's accepted that everybody is doing it, and the only shame is in actually getting (publicly) caught doing it.