European Allies Are Furious With John Kerry’s Claim That Spying On Allies Is ‘Not Unusual’

European Allies Are Furious With John Kerry’s Claim That Spying On Allies Is ‘Not Unusual’
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The cat’s out of the bag about the NSA’s secret spying programs, and Secretary of State John Kerry has nonchalantly brushed off the accusations of the US spying on its allies, saying the practice is “not unusual.”

“I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs and national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security and all kinds of information contributes to that,” Kerry unflappably said. “All I know is that is not unusual for lots of nations.”

To nobody’s surprise, the US’s allies are not as accepting of the program as Kerry is.

The fact that Kerry has basically said “yeah… so?” about the US spying on its allies has infuriated the likes of international leaders everywhere.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially denounced the actions of the US, saying “Bugging friends is unacceptable.”

“If it is confirmed that diplomatic representations of the European Union and individual European countries have been spied upon, we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable,” said Merkel, through a spokesperson.

The US is said to have spied on 38 different foreign missions, including allies at embassies across the world.

Martin Schulz, the president of the UE Parliament, took to French radio to denounce the US’s actions.

“I was always sure that dictatorships, some authoritarian systems, tried to listen,” Schulz told French 2, “but that measures like that are now practiced by an ally, by a friend, that is shocking, in the case that it is true.”

The revelation that the United States has been spying on its own allies came from documents leaked by NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

The US went so far as to bug the offices the EU held in the United States. Welcome to America!

Via CNN, Photo credit: WENN

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