Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama according to The Guardian. “German chancellor furious after revelations US intelligence agency listened in on her personal mobile phone” reads the subheading. Allegiances on the left are shifting but on these issues there really ought to be a unity ticket.
In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.
The German chancellor also told the US president that America’s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.
Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine that the Americans were listening in to her personal mobile phone, Merkel confronted Obama with the accusation: ‘This is like the Stasi.’
The newspaper also reported that Merkel was particularly angry that, based on the disclosures, ‘the NSA clearly couldn’t be trusted with private information, because they let Snowden clean them out.’
The only question is why was she the first to say it? In the US such talk is muted and then some. And if you haven’t seen The Lives of Others, it is the best political movie of the past decade.