German Firestorm Rises About Angela Merkel’s Lies

Eric Zuesse

Starting on Friday May 8th, some German news media have been reporting on the release of previously secret emails from the office of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. These emails make clear that when her underlings have said, ever since 2013, that the U.S. has promised to stop tapping the phones and other communications of Germans and even of the German Chancellor herself, no such promise had actually been received from anyone in the U.S. Administration of President Barack Obama. Instead, this claim from the Chancellor’s office was being made simply in order for her to be able to win the 22 September 2013 parliamentary elections. It was contrary to fact. And it still is.

North German TV headlined on 8 May 2015, “No-Spy-Abkommen war nie in Sicht,” or “No Agreement Against Spying Was Even Considered,” and reported that Merkel’s office had received on 19 July 2013 from Obama’s Advisor Karen Donfried an email saying that she could only convey “sad news” to Merkel, despite “the difficult situation of the Chancellor,” and that this sad news was that, “the question of whether German law on German soil is respected” isn’t one that the U.S. can deal with, because, “Here, the focus of course is that we comply with the U.S. law.” The North German TV report said, “United States showed little interest in no-spy agreement.” In other words: Obama was communictiong through his underlings that he would not even consider Chancellor Merkel’s request for Obama’s people to stop spying on any German they wish to spy on — the spying would simply continue, on a routine basis. 

Subsequently, in January of 2014, Merkel’s office tried again, and asked on January 7th, whether the Chancellor’s office was understanding things correctly, that the text which the U.S. is willing to offer “does not exclude the possibility that the U.S. Government will spy on Geman citizens without our consent and without our knowledge … correct me if I’m wrong.” The very next day was received: “You’re right — there will be no no-spy agreement, and I think that everybody on our side has clearly expressed this.”

The news-report further says: “Publicly, the Federal Government still gives the impression, a no-spy deal will come. Regarding the status of the negotiations, the Government refers to the confidentiality of the talks.” In other words: this lie continues, and “the talks” are imaginary — that’s just another lie from the Chancellor’s office.

The next day, on Saturday May 9th, Der Spiegel headlined, “Lüge über No-Spy-Abkommen: SPD fordert Erklärung von Kanzleramt,” or “Lie about No-Spy Agreement: SPD calls for Explanation from the Chancellery,” and Spiegel revealed that Merkel’s chief official who was handling this matter had said, just days before the 22 September 2013 parliamentary elections, that, “Clearly, for electoral reasons, an untruth must be told.” 

On Sunday, May 10th, the Suddeutsche Zeitung, a normally pro-Merkel magazine, bannered, “No-Spy-Abkommen: SPD wirft Kanzleramt Täuschung vor” or “No-Spy Agreement: SPD raises Chancellery deception,” and reported that the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party, and the Left Party, all intended to raise the issue of this ongoing lie by the nation’s leader, in the coming political campaign season.

Already, Spiegel had run a major news story, on May 4th, “America’s Willing Helper: Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place,” detailing instances in which the Obama Administration and the George W. Bush Administration before it, had used this snooping in order to obtain commercial advantage for U.S.-based firms against firms that are based in Germany. For example: “By 2010 at the latest, the Chancellery had received indications that the NSA had attempted to spy on European firms, including EADS, the European aerospace and defense company that is partly owned by German shareholders.” Moreover, “It appears that the terms of the agreement [that the U.S. had signed with Germany back in April 2002 not to spy on German companies] were largely forgotten,” or, at any rate, they were ignored by the U.S. Government — and this still is the case.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • cettel

    Why is Merkel demanding that Crimea be transferred back to Ukraine,
    which wants to oppress Crimeans? Is it only because that’s Obama’s

    Why isn’t Merkel instead demanding that all U.S. troops
    leave Germany? Whose interests are being served by the presence of U.S.
    troops in Germany? It’s not the interests of the American public. It
    certainly isn’t the interests of the German public. It’s contrary to the
    public everywhere. Furthermore, it allies her with the violation by
    U.S. Presidents since 1990 of the promise that GHW Bush’s Secretary of
    State had made to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that after the
    tear-down of the Berlin Wall, NATO would move “not one inch eastward,”
    and, specifically, “that NATO would not be extended to the territory of
    the GDR [the German Democratic Republic; East Germany].” She’s allied
    with those liars. That too is contrary to the interests of the German people.

    • Perhaps she’s a CIA asset; knows all too well that the demand doesn’t stand a chance of being met, and is foaming the runway for the unspeakable?

    • harald34

      That “not one inch to the east” quote was from foreign minister James Baker during his speech in the kremlin. Interesting how everybody denies these days that such statements have been made.

      However, Merkel doesnt seem to want to back an arms race between Western- and Easten Ukraine, so thats better than nothing I guess. I think deep inside everybody knows that the Crimea wont go anywhere but she has to say something in order not to lose credibility by the baltic states and US hardliners.

      Not that I am a fan of her – she always has been a backstabber and a US pet and we probably will pay badly for TTIP but in this conflict she actually tried remarkably to find a more diplomatic solution as opposed to what people in Washington had in mind.

    • markii

      We could postulate the US put her there and she knows it. Who wants to be a politician like Kevin Rudd – ?

  • jadan

    The NSA is a global extortion operation. A politician’s reputation can be destroyed quickly and easily. They will do as they’re told for the most part. Blackmail is not that complicated.

    • PJ London

      No the NSA is an arm of Mossad, the USA has admitted that all data collected is copied to Israel.

      All “Firewalls” are owned and operated from Israel including your “free” ones. What happens to your data beyond the firewall is entirely in their hands. If you are “a person of interest” whether because of your opinions or your commercial value, all your data is copied to Israel. If you are a business, all your data is monitored for opportunities to profit from your communication. These opportunities are fed to “Jewish” businesses worldwide.

      If you are a politician or person of influence, you will be monitored and you will be blackmailed, coerced to toe the line whenever it suits Israeli objectives. Sometimes it will be hidden coercion, your business and political “friends” will suggest and advise you towards the objective, sometimes it will be open, for instance, perhaps your teenage son will be taken from his “police protection unit”, drugged and filled with alcohol and left in Leicester square to be arrested by the police and you will be forced to make a public apology and bound over to control him in future.

      All this noise about “USA this” and “Obama that” is nonsense,

      “So you see, my dear Coningsby, that the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. ”

      – Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804-1881)

      “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere, so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” — Woodrow Wilson

      “We shall drive the Christians into war by exploiting their national vanity and stupidity. They will then massacre each other, thus giving room for our own people.” (Rabbi Reichorn, in Le Contemporain, July 1st, 1880)

      “We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” – Katherine Meyer Graham, Washington Post publisher

  • fritz

    Seems , the “MORGENTHAU – innitiated CORRECTION – Camp GERMANY” , abandons the “Plutocratic ORBIT” !

  • fritz

    A sensational ARTICLE by “Valentin KATASONOW” , based on 2012 released DOCUMENTS on Thierry MEYSSAN’S “VOLTAIRNET.Org” shines a “New Light” on the “NSDAP” & the “German OFFENSIVE on the “SOVIETUNION” ” ! WORTH READING !!!