The NSA Eavesdropping on an EU representation provoked angry reactions: Negotiations on a free trade agreement between Europe and the U.S. are at risk, according to the CDU. A Green calls even an action before the International Court of Justice.
Hamburg – “Unbearable”, “hateful”, “nobody is safe”: The latest revelations about the spying activities of the U.S. secret NSA care for angry reactions. According to SPIEGEL information, Americans have bugs hidden in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated the computer network. EU leaders condemn the actions in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE.
“We still need more detailed information,” says Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. “But if that’s true, it’s a huge scandal,” said the SPD politician. “Then that means a huge strain on the relations between the EU and the United States. We now require comprehensive education.”
“If these reports are true, is the abominable,” said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. “Here are the secretservices apparently out of control., The U.S. should be monitoring their intelligence rather than their allies.” Asselborn spoke of a breach of trust: “Everything is justified by the United States that, you fight terrorism, but the EU and its diplomats are not terrorists, we must get the highest point of a guarantee now that this will cease immediately…”
“The spying has taken on proportions that I have not held by a democratic government possible,” says Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. “It is intolerable when one behaves with allies like that.” The U.S., which had once been the land of freedom, “are under security syndrome” continues the CDU politician. “They have completely abandoned the proportionality. George Orwell’s nothing against it.”
“It is unacceptable that European diplomats and politicians are spied in their everyday lives,” says Manfred Weber, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament and safety expert. “The confidence is shaking,” said CSU man on.
“Free Trade Agreement with the United States break”
Green MEPs call for far-reaching consequences. “It’s the meltdown of the rule of law,” says Jan Philipp Albrecht, Green Member of the European Parliament. The actions of the NSA was nothing less than “spy against democratic countries and their institutions.” “No one is safe anymore,” outraged politicians, negotiating with the EU Data Protection Regulation for the EU Parliament. The EU must initiate proceedings before the International Court of Justice against the United States, calls Albrecht. The disclosures required “relentless enlightenment”.
Still going on Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of the Greens in the European Parliament. “A simple note of protest now not enough anymore,” he says. “The EU must immediately stop the negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Before we even need a data protection agreement, so that such a thing never happens again. Only then can we begin discussions again.”
CDU man Brok’s not quite as far, but the agreement provides at least risk. “How else can you negotiate when you have to worry that their own negotiating position is pre-tapped,” he asks.
The attack on the EU institutions is a further level of spy activities by the NSA. For weeks, details emerge about Prism and other surveillance programs that the whistleblower Snowden has assembled. The British intelligence agency GCHQ will therefore result in a similar program called tempora, be monitored by the world’s telephone and Internet connections.
According to the documents, which SPIEGEL has read, the EU representation has been attacked in like manner as those in Washington at the United Nations. In the NSA document of September 2010, the Europeans are expressly named as an attack target.
The U.S. is silent on the revelations of DER SPIEGEL. “I can not comment on that,” U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, according to the news agency dpa on Saturday to journalists in Pretoria.