posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 06:29 PM
Hell, we're the ones getting caught with spies in allied countries. Two of our (former) assets have been ousted in Germany. The Chief of Station
(highest ranking CIA officer in a country) has been asked to leave immediately, rather than be put through the diplomatic wringer of being declared
"persona non grata" by Germany.
John Brennan, Director of the Agency, has even offered Germany a position in the Five Eyes intel network, but Merkel's not having it. She lived for
35 years in communist East Germany, as the daughter of a Protestant pastor, and endured special scrutiny from the state-security service, the
U.S. Offered Berlin 'Five Eyes' Pact.
Merkel Was Done With It
This is huge, and probably deserving of a separate thread, if one hasn't been made yet today.
Emerson came to the July 9 meeting with an offer authorized in Washington: provide Germany a U.S. intelligence-sharing agreement
resembling one available only to four other nations. The goal was to assuage Merkel and prevent the expulsion of the Central Intelligence Agency’s
chief of station in Berlin.
It wasn’t enough.
The same morning, across the boundary once marked by the Berlin Wall, Merkel convened her top ministers following the 9:30 a.m. Cabinet meeting on the
sixth floor of the Chancellery and resolved to ask the U.S. intelligence chief to leave German soil.
Merkel also signaled displeasure with U.S. spying at a news conference in Berlin on July 10. Within an hour, her office issued a statement
saying that the two new investigations into U.S. cloak-and-dagger methods, on top of “questions over the past months” following leaks on National
Security Agency activity, forced the government to take action.
At that point, the U.S. intelligence officer was invited to leave the country rather than suffer the diplomatic ignominy of being declared “persona
non grata” and expelled under the Vienna Convention. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said yesterday that the government expected the
unidentified official to leave the country “soon.”