Skip to comments.Obama 'not told of Merkel phone bugging'
Posted on 10/27/2013 3:38:28 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
The chief of the US spy agency NSA has not discussed the alleged bugging of German chancellor's phone with President Barack Obama, officials say.
Gen Keith Alexander never discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Angela Merkel, an NSA spokeswoman said.
German media say the US has been tapping the chancellor's phone since 2002, and Mr Obama was told in 2010.
The row has led to the worst diplomatic crisis between the two countries in living memory.
A report in German tabloid Bild am Sonntag claimed that Gen Alexander had told the president about the bugging himself.
An NSA source told the paper that Obama had not stopped the operation, and had wanted to know all about Mrs Merkel as "he did not trust her".
'Not true' However a statement from the National Security Agency on Sunday denied the reports in Bild.
"[General] Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel," NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said.
"News reports claiming otherwise are not true."
The statement does not make it clear whether the president was informed of the bugging operation by other means.
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Gosh and golly, he’s right on top of things, isn’t he?
You’d think that the decision whether to bug the personal phone of a friendly head of state might be something that a President would be asked about, wouldn’t you?
Limbaugh Theorem at work again.
Of course Obama didn’t know, sure, I believe that.... just like I believe everything else he says.
he had no idea. he was playing golf.
So we're to believe obama isn't in control of his intelligence services? He is either lying or incompetent or both. Since it is obama we're talking about the lying a given. The only question is the level of incompetence and outright stupidity in international relations.
I guess that means Obama is comfortable in his undisputed ignorance and total lack of influence nationally and internationally.
(*sigh*) It used to be called “plausible deniability”; now, it’s “we don’t care if it’s plausible or not; we’re just shooting for deniability—sort of!”
he must enjoy being thought of as the most ignorant man in America!
The Fairy Prince was in the White House hot tub with Reggie Love and no one wanted to bother him.
Behold the modern Negro... he always takes credit but never takes blame.
Nobody tells Barry anything. I guess that’s why he’s such a brain dead dumb**** without a clue.
He’s sounding more like Stlag 13’s SGT Schultz every day.
Barack Obama is a non-essential government employee.
I own a bridge in Brooklyn, would anyone like to buy it?
Who the hell is running this country?! It sure as hell isn’t Soetoro! He don’t know anything!
Once a liar, always a liar—————
Adrift for three more years without credible leadership, what will become of the USA?
Will the real American President please stand up? I have my ideas.
So he is a puppet?