More and more revelations over the NSA spying saga are revealed every day and most journalists who were leaked information by Edward Snowden have barely made it 10% off the way through the fifty or so slides. The latest ones revealed that the NSA had been spying on EU diplomants in Washington, New York and Brussels.
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, stated that:
“I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices…If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.”
Furthermore he went on to demand full clarification about the allegations from the US authorities on behalf of the European parliament. Addditionally Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, stated that:
“Partners do not spy on each other…We cannot negotiate over a big transatlantic market if there is the slightest doubt that our partners are carrying out spying activities on the offices of our negotiators”
This would suggest that unless the USA provides accurate and truthful answers there could be huge foreign relations implications between the EU and the USA. Who knows we might even see Edward Snowden offered political asylum within Europe. A German politician (Juergen Trittin, German parliamentary leader and candidate for chancellor of the Greens) has been quoted as saying he could legally be offered political asylum and that he doesn’t need to seek political asylum in “despotic countries” – probably referring to Ecuador and Venezuela.
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