Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Embarrassed by accusations of Merkel, Obama denies monitoring


  • U.S. President Barack Obama has assured the German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States did not monitor communications.

    Washington correspondent

    It really starts to wrong kind . Every day or almost a new tapping the NSA case explodes in the face of President Obama , worsening the image of " Big Brother " of America . There is a month, it was Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff who canceled an official visit. Monday , Barack Obama had to take a phone call Francois Hollande, a close ally , after the release of information in the World, which confirmed the existence of massive tapping the NSA in French territory. And Wednesday is Angela Merkel, the " boss " of Europe , who was on the phone , furious , to ask if the National Security Agency had listened ... his laptop. A very embarrassing situation for the U.S. number one , who had to ensure the Chancellor that the United States " do not watch and do not monitor their communications ," according to presidential spokesman Jay Carney. However vague terms used by Carney suggests that Listens cell Merkel may have occurred. A similar scandal that has shaken Mexico launched " an investigation ."

    The French say loud and clear that they want a challenge "basic " system for collecting data from the NSA , a brief stop tapping on their territory. The Obama administration said it would begin a " review" of the methods of the agency. "This is a first step ," a diplomat hope , anticipating a growing global pressure and the concern of the U.S. computer giant , which grow to change the system to not appear as servants of the NSA vis- à-vis their users.

    Nothing is less certain however that shift . So far , the U.S. government and its services gave no reason to believe that a review of the NOS system , an agency that the technological revolution has transformed into a monster to digest harvested global data using " threads " that not really differ between countries. Technological logic seems to have taken over the political logic . The incentive to change is much smaller than the American public has so far not moved , judging apparently acceptable to abdicate some of their privacy in exchange for security. The head of the National Intelligence James Clapper , has also downplayed the case Wednesday , speaking of " common to all pay practices." One way to call European opinion to scrutinize their own agencies.