US spying on Berlin is due to concerns over the European Central Bank’s closer ties with the Chinese Central Bank, and anything the NSA says should be taken “with a shaker of salt,” Gerald Horne, a historian at the University of Houston, told RT.
The US fears that the rapprochement of the two banks may lead to sidelining of the Federal Reserve in Washington.
However, the National Security Agency has insisted that President Barack Obama did not know about the spying on world leaders’ private communications.
An NSA spokeswoman released a statement Sunday after Bild am Sonntag reported that Obama did in fact know about and approve the surveillance.
‘[General] Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel,” she said, adding that “news reports claiming otherwise are not true.”
Gerald Horne says that surveillance between states is a fact of life, however, whatever politicians may say to the contrary.
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