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Obama 'not told of Merkel phone bugging'
BBC News ^ | 27 October 2013 | BBC

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: angelamerkel; eastgermanofficial; germany; keithalexander; merkel; nsa; obama; undertheobamabus; wiretapping
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I guess Obama found out about it in the newspapers again, just like everyone else.
1 posted on 10/27/2013 3:38:28 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: Corporate Democrat

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?


2 posted on 10/27/2013 3:40:16 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin

Limbaugh Theorem at work again.


3 posted on 10/27/2013 3:41:40 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Of course Obama didn’t know, sure, I believe that.... just like I believe everything else he says.


4 posted on 10/27/2013 3:41:43 PM PDT by Gator113 ( Cruz, Palin and Lee speak for me, most everyone else is just noise.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

he had no idea. he was playing golf.


5 posted on 10/27/2013 3:42:03 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Corporate Democrat
Really? Do they really expect us to believe that? Something that high level, with that much potential for national-level embarrassment and harm to international relations...(now being realized)

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.

6 posted on 10/27/2013 3:42:47 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

I guess that means Obama is comfortable in his undisputed ignorance and total lack of influence nationally and internationally.


7 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:04 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Corporate Democrat

(*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!”


8 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:18 PM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: Ronin

he must enjoy being thought of as the most ignorant man in America!


9 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:25 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/)
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To: Corporate Democrat

The Fairy Prince was in the White House hot tub with Reggie Love and no one wanted to bother him.


10 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:26 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Behold the modern Negro... he always takes credit but never takes blame.


11 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:36 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Corporate Democrat

Nobody tells Barry anything. I guess that’s why he’s such a brain dead dumb**** without a clue.


12 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

He’s sounding more like Stlag 13’s SGT Schultz every day.


13 posted on 10/27/2013 3:43:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Corporate Democrat; Revolting cat!; GeronL

Barack Obama is a non-essential government employee.


14 posted on 10/27/2013 3:44:10 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Corporate Democrat

I own a bridge in Brooklyn, would anyone like to buy it?


15 posted on 10/27/2013 3:44:28 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Who the hell is running this country?! It sure as hell isn’t Soetoro! He don’t know anything!


16 posted on 10/27/2013 3:44:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: RightGeek

Once a liar, always a liar—————


17 posted on 10/27/2013 3:45:02 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Corporate Democrat

Adrift for three more years without credible leadership, what will become of the USA?


18 posted on 10/27/2013 3:45:04 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: Corporate Democrat

Will the real American President please stand up? I have my ideas.


19 posted on 10/27/2013 3:45:09 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Corporate Democrat

So he is a puppet?


20 posted on 10/27/2013 3:45:15 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Future Snake Eater
Limbaugh Theorem at work again.
21 posted on 10/27/2013 3:45:21 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

As always with the African communist scumbag, “The uh, buck stops... over there!”


22 posted on 10/27/2013 3:45:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: ThunderSleeps

We know he’s lying, but most importantly THEY know. Obie, your presidency is mud.


23 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:03 PM PDT by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: Corporate Democrat
the US has been tapping the chancellor's phone since 2002, and Mr Obama was told in 2010.

She only took office in November of 2005. did we start tapping her phone 3 years earlier?

24 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:14 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Corporate Democrat

25 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: Corporate Democrat
German media say the US has been tapping the chancellor's phone since 2002,...

Let's see, who was president then? Shazam! It's Bush's fault!

26 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:34 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Corporate Democrat

“[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.”
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He didn’t “...discuss with President Obama in 2010”.... But 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013 have been ruled out.

“...nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel,...”
But discussions involving ACTUAL operations involving Chancellor Merkel have not been ruled out.

I love how this White House puts out statements designed to mislead.


27 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:36 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Once again the smartest man in the room, no the entire planet, who knows everything about everything, knows nothing.

“I don’t know” will soon replace “ I don’t recall” as the democrat party’s favorite answer at congressional hearings into their criminal behavior.


28 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:46 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: lee martell

“Merkel!!?? I thought they said Erkel - that goofy kid those Freepers keep comparing me too!”


29 posted on 10/27/2013 3:47:58 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

30 posted on 10/27/2013 3:48:10 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Die ObummerGeist er nicht auf DeutschenSnitchen.


31 posted on 10/27/2013 3:48:15 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)))
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To: a fool in paradise

excellent!!!!!


32 posted on 10/27/2013 3:48:27 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Unreal, does Obama know about anything?


33 posted on 10/27/2013 3:48:36 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, living in the great state of Tennessee...Go Freepers Go!)
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To: Cementjungle

Yeah. We were spying on her years before she even took office.


34 posted on 10/27/2013 3:49:14 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: Corporate Democrat
Zero was busy:


35 posted on 10/27/2013 3:49:36 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Kept ignorant.


36 posted on 10/27/2013 3:50:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Conspiracy Guy
He approved the bugging of her phone but he didn't know about it. I wonder what kind of secrets the German government knows about ibama?
37 posted on 10/27/2013 3:50:46 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Let me guess..he found out about it while watching the news LOL..no wonder the world is laughing at us, we have a laughing stock for a supposed “President”


38 posted on 10/27/2013 3:52:20 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SandRat
Zero knows nothing!


39 posted on 10/27/2013 3:52:41 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Who the hell is running this country?!


Valerie Jarrett


40 posted on 10/27/2013 3:52:55 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Corporate Democrat

“I know nothink...nothink”

I thought Sgt Schultz had died.


41 posted on 10/27/2013 3:52:59 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: peeps36

Is Clown Prince nobama in prison yet? One can dream.


42 posted on 10/27/2013 3:54:03 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Corporate Democrat
So on top of being a liar of epic stature, Obama is also a criminally inept idiot who has no idea how to supervise an organization and lacks a single clue about what his subordinates are doing.

And still he gets away with it.

43 posted on 10/27/2013 3:54:11 PM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: Ronin
Gosh and golly, he's right on top of things, isn't he?

He sure is. It's ABOUT TIME he finally takes a tour around the US defending Obamacare. Except that he probably doesn't know what's in it.

44 posted on 10/27/2013 3:54:24 PM PDT by grania
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To: Future Snake Eater

El Rushbo is right again!!


45 posted on 10/27/2013 3:54:37 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: Corporate Democrat

He ALSO knew NOOOOTHING about the Obamacare website not being tested.

Oh! Also nothing about the doomed SEALS on the roof.

Also nothing about Fast and Furious.

He needs a Sergeant Schultz helmet I think.


46 posted on 10/27/2013 3:57:11 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Corporate Democrat
Hello? Hello?...nope, not working again, must be the Germans messing with me.
47 posted on 10/27/2013 3:57:28 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Cementjungle

48 posted on 10/27/2013 4:00:21 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, living in the great state of Tennessee...Go Freepers Go!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Special prosecutor: What did the POTUS know and when did he know it?

Holder: He never knew about anything at anytime.


49 posted on 10/27/2013 4:01:14 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (Seen any scandal headlines lately?)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Ok, this just can’t stand. Let’s just assume Obama knows nothing about anything. That would mean there is a faction in the US government who makes decisions above and beyond the power and knowledge of the POTUS. OR, the POTUS is completely incompetent, has lost control of the country and unable to perform his duties. So when we are attacked with a nuclear weapon, who should have known about it?


50 posted on 10/27/2013 4:01:28 PM PDT by Toespi
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