Saturday 27 May 2017

Outrage at US spy scandal is just plain naive

* In my opinion, the world of international relations took a turn for the truly surreal in the past week with the extensive coverage of the US's National Security Agency's 'Prism' spying scandal.

The protestations by France, Germany and other states that their leaders' phones were "tapped" and their private conversations were listened to surreptitiously has dominated the news in Europe, the Americas and around the world. The US's international standing is now very much under attack, reeling as it was already from Russian leader Vladimir Putin's diplomatic one-two over the Syria debacle.

The allegations being made are that the US listened in on the private telephone conversations of national leaders around the globe in addition to millions of communications being sent by ordinary people, as well as financial and industrial leaders. However, I do take issue with the level of "shock" and "horror" being expressed by some critics of the 'Prism' programme.

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