Germany warns US facilities could be targeted in wake of NSA leaks

Published time: November 12, 2013 22:13                                                                             

The entrance to the US Airbase is pictured in Ramstein, southern German (AFP Photo / Daniel Roland) The entrance to the US Airbase is pictured in Ramstein, southern German (AFP Photo / Daniel Roland)

Officials in Germany have cautioned authorities to prepare for possible attacks against United States facilities overseas as revelations continue to emerge about America’s secretive National Security Agency.

As leaked classified documents continue to disclose the covert  operations of the NSA, a domestic intelligence warning obtained  by Germany’s Der Spiegel suggests the revelations made possible  by former contractor Edward Snowden’s leaked files are inspiring  potentially violent protests.

Der Spiegel, an outlet which has worked closely with Snowden and  some of the leaked documents since earlier this year, announced  on Monday that it had received a domestic intelligence memo from  Germany’s Federal Office  for the Protection of the Constitution – the contents of which  cautioned officials that “an emotional response from certain  segments of the population cannot be ruled out.”

According to the magazine, the government office said that a   “potential threat” had emerged following the information  disclosed by the NSA leaks, adding that “security measures aimed at  protecting US facilities in Germany should be  increased.”

Anti-American sentiment has spread across the globe in recent  weeks as Snowden’s leaks continue to expose evidence of  questionable surveillance operations conducted by the NSA –   including recent revelations in which the agency was linked to  violating the privacy of German citizens and even the country’s  chancellor, Angela Merkel.

A poll published in the wake of those revelations by public  broadcaster ARD suggested that only 35 percent of German citizens  still see the US as a reliable partner. At the dawn of US  President Barack Obama’s first term as president, more than  three-quarters of Germans polled in a similar survey said they  trusted America.

Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) called for the  head of the NSA to leave office. Snowden’s leaks have caused much  embarrassment in Washington since June, and former friends of the  US have demanded answers after being told through leaked  documents that they’ve been subjected to surveillance.

“The head of the NSA, the president of the United States, the  Congressional Intelligence Committees [and] all of these  contractors we pay that were responsible for performing the  background checks” should be considered for   “wholesale housecleaning,” McCain told Der Spiegel in an  interview published over the weekend.

Friends spy on friends. We all know that, but there  have been certain boundaries,” added McCain. “Those  boundaries were probably, to some degree, there because we didn’t  have the capabilities we have now. But when you go to the point  where you invade someone’s privacy…one of the most foremost  leaders in the world, Angela Merkel, then it was a  mistake.

According to Der Spiegel, the head of Germany’s Office for the  Protection of the Constitution demanded “urgent  clarification” with regards to the heightened security alert,  but had not received a reply from federal authorities as of  Tuesday.

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2 replies

  1. Is this what Obama wants?
    At first he announced that we would have 80,000 to 100,000 more Muslims migrate here for the next five years. That was two yeas ago. Lately, now he expects ….I want to say a Million, but my memory may not be serving me correctly (let me know) MORE coming in.

    The world is NOW becoming afraid of the USA vs. Trusting the USA to come to their sides to protect them. He is NOW the enemy…which means the rest of us are too.

    Ge has changed out the military because he knew they would NOT follow his orders. They are replaced with those who will.

    I understand from German’s point of view. I hate it…but I understand it. HE IS A THREAT BECAUSE HE STANDS BY THE MUSLIMS VS. AMERICA and the country we once were.



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