The news that the United States government has been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel is no surprise. Governments spy on each other; it’s just the way of the world. However what’s surprising is the news that the US has been tapping the chancellor's phone since 2002, even before she was chancellor.
Now it is understandable that countries want to spy on each other, but the scale (and time) of the spying by the Americans is crazy. Mrs Merkel is a well-known friend and ally of America, she was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, and she had been spied on by the Americans for over a decade? What’s more is the fact that the Americans justified the spying as in the interest of “national security”. Seriously?
A leader of an allied country has been spied on for national security? I mean Germans complain that Merkel is too pro-American, and yet she’s a threat to American national security? I wonder what the Americans call Putin or Assad?