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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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To: Navy Patriot

Sgt Schultz was FAR , far more credible.


51 posted on 10/27/2013 4:03:04 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Corporate Democrat

Once again, the old Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Incompetent gambit.


52 posted on 10/27/2013 4:04:40 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

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.


53 posted on 10/27/2013 4:04:59 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Pathetic little wienie.


54 posted on 10/27/2013 4:06:59 PM PDT by livius
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To: a fool in paradise

The Obama Administration is on record of having no idea what the Obama Administration is doing.


55 posted on 10/27/2013 4:08:52 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Corporate Democrat

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.


56 posted on 10/27/2013 4:09:00 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Corporate Democrat
We elected "Sgt. Schultz" of the old Hogan's Heroes TV Series!

He saw nothing..., he heard nothing... he knows nothing...!!!

WHAT..., ME WORRY????

57 posted on 10/27/2013 4:17:32 PM PDT by ExSES (the "bottom-line")
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To: Corporate Democrat

Obama is SUCH a LYING bastard!


58 posted on 10/27/2013 4:20:40 PM PDT by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama)
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To: Gator113

Exactly.


59 posted on 10/27/2013 4:27:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Corporate Democrat

I would never believe this. What I would believe is that 0bama is not bugging the phones of the Iranian officials.


60 posted on 10/27/2013 4:29:14 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Up is down, wrong is right, 0bama care is cheap.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Corporate Democrat.

Keith Alexander, meet the wheels of the Obama bus.

Barack Obama ‘approved tapping Angela Merkel’s phone 3 years ago’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3084170/posts

NSA: New reports in German media deepen US-Merkel spy row
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3084206/posts


61 posted on 10/27/2013 4:29:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: lee martell

Like most Government workers, all he has to show up for work to collect a pay check.


62 posted on 10/27/2013 4:29:42 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Corporate Democrat

Who the heck is running this nation, anyway??!?

We need to select a president NOW!


63 posted on 10/27/2013 4:33:01 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: Corporate Democrat
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64 posted on 10/27/2013 4:37:54 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Barry, alway the last to know. :-)


65 posted on 10/27/2013 4:45:31 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I bet Ms. Valerie knew.


66 posted on 10/27/2013 4:56:26 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Corporate Democrat
Riiiiight.
Protect The Black One at all costs!
67 posted on 10/27/2013 4:58:07 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Corporate Democrat

68 posted on 10/27/2013 5:09:16 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Corporate Democrat

“If only Stalin knew”.... obamaumao knew of course.


69 posted on 10/27/2013 5:13:30 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: peeps36

There is no telling


70 posted on 10/27/2013 5:20:41 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

71 posted on 10/27/2013 5:23:58 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Corporate Democrat

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.


72 posted on 10/27/2013 5:24:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Corporate Democrat
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.

At this point, the only person who has been truthful about the NSA is Ed Snowden.

73 posted on 10/27/2013 5:46:07 PM PDT by Flick Lives (The U.S. is dead to me.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

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.


74 posted on 10/27/2013 5:47:14 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Corporate Democrat

LOL. That poor boy! Nobody tells him anything!


75 posted on 10/27/2013 5:52:49 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (TEA baby! Let's ronll!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

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.”


76 posted on 10/27/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Corporate Democrat

“The Buck never got here.”


77 posted on 10/27/2013 5:58:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Corporate Democrat

Obama not told he is on planet Earth.


78 posted on 10/27/2013 6:01:54 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

The article says it’s the “worst diplomatic crisis between the countries in living memory.”

Oh really?


79 posted on 10/27/2013 6:31:48 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Corporate Democrat

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?


80 posted on 10/27/2013 6:32:39 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (When His Arrogance talks out of his a$$, Harry Reid's lips move.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Gospodin Stalin didn’t know either, according to the Russkies who never lost relatives to the terror!


81 posted on 10/27/2013 6:34:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Corporate Democrat; a fool in paradise

“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?


82 posted on 10/27/2013 6:37:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

So, the headline about the Phone Tapping starting in 2002 cannot be blamed on President Bush because he wasn’t informed either.


83 posted on 10/27/2013 6:42:00 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

“Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel...”

BULL. SH*T.


84 posted on 10/28/2013 12:48:56 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Corporate Democrat

bull shit
obammy is a liar.


85 posted on 10/28/2013 3:29:11 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Corporate Democrat
They're lying. This could not have taken place without the President's OK. The President alone has the authority to order warrantless searches for matters of national security. The NSA could not legally have done this without the President's signature.

FIS Court of Appeals, 18 Nov 2002

86 posted on 10/28/2013 8:50:59 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: Corporate Democrat
Gen Keith Alexander never discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Angela Merkel, an NSA spokeswoman said.

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.

87 posted on 10/28/2013 8:52:48 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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