Snowden Affair | Frustration at failing to be spied?

Snowden affair

The European Union headquarters in Washington and New York have been exposed to blatant breaches of privacy perpetrated by the US security agencies. One wonders what kind of highly prized secrets the low-profile Commission’s delegation to the UN could hide.

Other European Embassies were subject to similar inquisitive intrusion. The excuse floated by President Obama, claiming that all secret services around the world are endowed with the mission of getting a thorough knowledge of their neighbour’s life, shows an impudent arrogance in downplaying a shameless line of conduct. It also underlines the gross pilfering of public resources the US government indulges into when it comes to feed the so-called intelligence monster.

Regularly reading the newspapers stands as a better source of information at a cheaper price. Should you fail to understand what is written between the lines, a far from expensive phone call to any capital can provide you with the missing clue. In any case, you should allow a certain margin of mystery when trying to disentangle what is really happening on this side of the Atlantic. In the EU melt pot no one has a clear idea where are we heading for. Having access to encrypted e-mails from government officials, as the Snowden affair has exposed, won’t lead you much far in understanding the Old Continent messy imbroglio.

Spain is off the list, a revealing proof of the sheer lack of interest we raise. Failing to be spied is tantamount being considered as unfit for playing in the Premier league.

Admittedly anyone would feel frustrated at being excluded from such a select club. But you cannot rule out the possibility that Uncle Sam’s intelligence services rank Spain as a Latin American Republic. Should this surmise turn out being confirmed, Mr Obama would be well advised to send his spy army back to school. At least they would learn the core lesson you don’t double-cross or cheat on your pals.

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JP Marin Arrese
Juan Pedro Marín Arrese is a Madrid-based economic analyst and observer. He regularly publishes articles in the Spanish leading financial newspaper 'Expansión'.

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