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Peggy Noonan on Merkel spying: it's 'sort of nuts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to the press on October 24, 2013 upon her arrival to attend a European Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. European Union heads of state and government open a two-day summit on OCtober 24, focusing notably on prospects for growth from the digital economy amid data privacy concerns, plus lessons from the Lampedusa migrant tragedy. (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan writes on the Obama administration's reported spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

[S]hould we be tapping Merkel’s phone?

No, for a simple reason: Because it is wrong. She is our friend. She is our ally. She leads a great nation. As such—friend, ally, greatness—she deserves respect. It is not respectful or friendly to invade her privacy and spy on her in this way.

It also seems sort of nuts. Does the National Security Agency think Angela Merkel is planning to blow up Times Square? That would be just like her, wouldn’t it? Does the NSA want to get the mood of her government before the trade talks commence? Then they can do it the old-fashioned way, through old-fashioned human measures: “Hey, source in the foreign ministry, what are you hearing?”


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