Skip to comments.Germany Instructs Its Companies To Limit Cooperation, Procurement Orders With The US
Posted on 07/11/2014 9:39:36 AM PDT by Rusty0604
Update: it just got worse. Moments ago Bloomberg followed up with the second, and expected, part of this story, namely that just like China cut off major US corporations from big procurement contracts leading to a collapse in CSCO and IBM Asian revenues, it is now Germany's turn. Per Bloomberg, the German Interior Ministry reviewing rules for awarding govt contracts for computer, communications equipment and services as political rift w/ U.S. widens, people familiar with matter told Bloomberg News Cornelius Rahn, Amy Thomson.
Ministry will probably issue new purchasing guidelines in coming weeks to replace no-spy-order dated April 30 Details being worked out, may require suppliers of components of bidders goods or services to guarantee they dont hand over confidential data IBM, CSCO, MSFT may be affected by any tightening of procurement procedures: Forrester Research analyst Andrew Rose * * *
Congratulations America: after severing ties with Russia, crushing cordial relations with China (leading to this stunning announcement by China's president), alienating France (which is now openly calling for an end to the petrodollar), the Obama administration - following not one, not two, but three spying scandals in just the past year - has managed to sour relations with Germany to a point where one wonders just who is a remaining US ally in Europe these days.
According to Bloomberg, the German chancellors office has issued instructions to national intelligence services to limit cooperation with U.S. following alleged U.S. spying case, Bild reports without saying where it got information.
The newspaper also says:
Instructions cover all activities not related to the immediate security interests of Germany and the safety of German soliders in Afghanistan, other foreign missions and terrorism threats Decision to ask U.S. intelligence representative to leave taken July 9 after the regular cabinet meeting at special meeting at Chancellery attended by Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Thomas de Maiziere Main reason for decision was failure of U.S. to cooperate in investigation of operations following revelations by Edward Snowden Foreign office subsequently gave U.S. Ambassador John Emerson 72 hrs to have U.S. agent leave Germany voluntarily or formal expulsion proceedings would be started against him Only 3 of the 218 BND documents sold to CIA were related to Bundestag espionage investigation That said, the US is hardly be too worried: after all it is a well-known "secret" that of all European leaders with a very checkered past, the NSA has all the goods on Merkel (and her proximity to the communist system in her DDR days), which can and will be disclosed using the proper channels at a moment's notice, with an appropriate (pre-vetted by the State Department of course) replacement in place should relations with Germany truly sour. It certainly explains why despite loud demands for a "formal espionage investigation", nobody in the German government has lifted a finger to find out just how deep the NSA rabbit hole goes.
Look for how big the upcoming DOJ fine levied on Deutsche Bank, will be to evaluate if US-German relations are indeed in any danger of collapse, or if this too is merely another public spectacle to appease the German public which is rightfully furious at Obama for being constantly caught spying on America's biggest European ally.
Another diplomatic success for Obama and Kerry...
There isn’t a damn thing on this planet that this moron hasn’t screwed up
You KNOW the American people are on your side
The US is an Islamic country, after all.
Angela Merkle is not going to allow Germany to be kicked around and openly dissed by Obama in the way Britain is treated while Cameron kisses up to the Americans.
First the Enigma machine, now this.
Merkel apparently worked for the KGB before the fall of the Berlin wall, working in various organizations as a spy and propagandist. The growing split probably has more to do with Russian influence and desire to split NATO than it does with American spying, as if every country does not do that anyway, even Germany, who is known to capture information from not just the United States, but most of Europe as well.
Glad we been buying those EADS Eurocopters.
Where’s THE LUNATIC HILLARY with the RE-SET BUTTON giggling like a complete FOREIGN POLICY FOOL that she is.
I didn’t know that. I just looked at several biographies and I only see that she worked at an academy of science.
"The longitudinal interest by the US in all things Merkel may be informed by her past. She was a citizen of East Germany before reunification, and her personal history has long been controversial."
One Washington foreign policy expert, who did not wish to be named, this week described Merkel to Breitbart London as "a former member of the East German Communist Party who functioned as a mid-level propaganda commissar for the Free German Youth, that is, the young Communists."
"She and the then-KGB operative Putin, who is fluent in German, were active in East Germany at the same time. Whether they met or worked together, I don't know, but they were both in the same line of work."
In April Cliff Kincaid, a director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, wrote "Merkel was known to be suspiciously pro-Russian when she ran for high office in Germany but that her political party, the Christian Democrats, nominated her anyway."
Kincaid notes that Merkel "grew up in the formerly communist East Germany and spent 35 years of her life under the dictatorship."
Germany's increasing dependence on Russian energy imports "is related to Merkel's decision, after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, to phase out Germany's nuclear energy program."
Kincaid refers to a book by Günther Lachmann and Ralf Georg Reuth called The First Life of Angela M. He says the book suggests "that she had deeper ties to the communist regime than previously known or acknowledged."
"She has admitted joining the Free German Youth, the communist youth organisation, and a photo has surfaced showing her in a communist uniform. But the book argues that she hid her role in the youth group as secretary for agitation and propaganda, instead depicting herself as someone engaged in 'cultural' affairs."
"One of Merkel's defenders said she 'couldnt remember whether she was involved in agitation and propaganda.'"
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/07/03/How-close-was-Young-Communist-Merkel-to-East-German-regime-Americans-want-to-know From AIM:
"Analyst J.R. Nyquist says Merkel was known to be suspiciously pro-Russian when she ran for high office in Germany but that her political party, the Christian Democrats, nominated her anyway, and now Germany is more dependent on Russian natural gas than ever before. Germanys so-called unique relationship with Russia means that the country gets 36 percent of its natural gas imports and 39 percent of its oil imports from Russia."
Very interesting, thank you.
Obama is doing an awesome job in destroying this country
Uh,...yeah. But he has managed to expose Angela Merkel, hasn’t he? BHO2 has managed to destroy OPEC, too.
He has brought out into daylight our enemies to our south - Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, et al - hasn’t he?
As Barry Soetoro, foreign student from Indonesia (that is how he was registered at Puhahou, Occidental College, and Columbia University) he worked for our CIA. As Barry Soetoro, he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in the mid-80s.
I’m seriously looking at this man’s weird past - and am definitely puzzled as to who he is working for now.
Maybe a very deep KGB agent?
Puhahou = Punahou. It is a private school in Hawaii.
I don’t think so.