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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Sgt Schultz was FAR , far more credible.
Once again, the old Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Incompetent gambit.
In the last election the press blew off the assertion that he didn’t attend the Presidential Daily Briefs. It’s probably no small wonder that he doesn’t have a clue or care as to whats going on in the country, much less the world.
He only knows when the next round of golf is scheduled or when his next mega-vacation is scheduled.
If he were to become CEO of a real business, he’d be fired in the first hour for not showing up.
Pathetic little wienie.
The Obama Administration is on record of having no idea what the Obama Administration is doing.
I don’t know how Obama can live in the White House and not know anything that is going on.
Personally I believe he is lying.
He saw nothing..., he heard nothing... he knows nothing...!!!
WHAT..., ME WORRY????
Obama is SUCH a LYING bastard!
I would never believe this. What I would believe is that 0bama is not bugging the phones of the Iranian officials.
Thanks Corporate Democrat.
Keith Alexander, meet the wheels of the Obama bus.
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Like most Government workers, all he has to show up for work to collect a pay check.
Who the heck is running this nation, anyway??!?
We need to select a president NOW!
Barry, alway the last to know. :-)
I bet Ms. Valerie knew.
“If only Stalin knew”.... obamaumao knew of course.
There is no telling
Read Victor Klemperer’s diaries. He was a German Jew hiding among German bauers. During the last days of WWII the Germans , still in awe of the Fuhrer, blamed Goering, the generals, and never Adolph, for the defeat.
At this point, the only person who has been truthful about the NSA is Ed Snowden.
In order to bug the phones of European Prime Minister, you need to have the direct, signed approval of the President of the United States.
LOL. That poor boy! Nobody tells him anything!
For a host of reasons, all rumors concerning secret communications should be met by a statement that “we can neither confirm nor deny” same. The fact that the White House is denying an allegation in a German tabloid is not only unprofessional, but tantamount to an admission of guilt, as in “I am not a crook.”
“The Buck never got here.”
Obama not told he is on planet Earth.
The article says it’s the “worst diplomatic crisis between the countries in living memory.”
It seems that in every scandal the first thing uttered by His Arrogance’s paid liars is that “Obama was not informed of ........”. What does he do, sit up in the oval office in the dark and play with Reggie’s weewee?
Gospodin Stalin didn’t know either, according to the Russkies who never lost relatives to the terror!
“I didn’t know,” is what my mother told my teachers when she was called to school. She wouldn’t lie. Who’s Odunga’s mom? Valerie?
So, the headline about the Phone Tapping starting in 2002 cannot be blamed on President Bush because he wasn’t informed either.
“Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel...”
obammy is a liar.
If this is true, then General Alexander needs to be brought up on charges. The President alone has the power to authorize this. If Alexander operated outside that authority, then he belongs prison.