At least Canada isn’t the only country to be caught spying on an ally.
Our friends to the south are also receiving backlash after allegations that the United States has been spying on its European friends, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
While it’s never a good thing to spy on your ally, the European Union (EU) is up in arms and demanding answers.
Unfortunately for the EU, those answers will likely remain covered, unless their own spies return the favour on the Americans.
Now spying isn’t new to the international scene. It has been around for decades.
In the past spying has brought praise and saved lives, but as of late it has become a silent weapon used by powerful countries to garner important information from friends and foes.
Take, for example, the recent travails of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. These two men are in the White House administration’s bad books after revealing secret American information for the whole world to see. In a world that is driven by money, spying can have quite the impact on the economic parameters that are trying to push us out of the financial slump we are still dealing with.
While the actions of Snowden and Assange have not solely targeted the economic well-being of the United States and their allies, their actions have tainted America’s various spying tactics as toxic.
It’s funny how the U.S. shrugs its shoulders and twiddles its thumbs when spying activity is pointed back at them from a fellow world power like Germany.
While nothing has been admitted or proven condemning the U.S. for spying onMerkel, it’s still not a good sign for Obama and company that German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that U.S. intelligence may have been monitoring Merkel’s phone for years.
Adding insult to injury were the words of Merkel’s chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert: “The U.S. would be wise to distinguish between its allies and those about which it has more concrete concerns.”
These spying allegations aren’t expected to hamper the working relationship between the two countries, but a rift has formed. This situation will — like other spying activity that goes on — be continuously monitored.
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