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The blame game: NSA chief points finger at US diplomats in spy scandal [Copy link] 中文

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In an unexpected twist in the NSA scandal, spy chief Keith Alexander has blamed US diplomats for ordering surveillance on EU politicians. Meanwhile, State Secretary John Kerry has admitted espionage “reached too far,” alleging it was on “automatic pilot.”
                  Indicating a rift between the White House and the NSA, Director  of the spy organization, Keith Alexander, has accused “policy  makers” and “diplomats” for dictating the targets for  surveillance. In a heated exchange, former ambassador to Romania,  James Carew Rosapepe, challenged Alexander to justify spying on  US allies, reported the Guardian.  

  "We all joke that everyone is spying on everyone," he  said. "But that is not a national security justification,"  said Rosapepe.  

  Alexander replied sharply to the question, alleging ambassadors  had a hand in ordering spy activities.  

  “That is a great question, in fact as an ambassador you have  part of the answer. Because we the intelligence agencies don't  come up with the requirements, the policymakers come up with the  requirements,” Alexander said.  

  He added sarcastically: "One of those groups would have been,  let me think, hold on, oh! - ambassadors."

  Passing the buck  
  As the NSA points the finger at the Obama Administration for  ordering the mass surveillance of European citizens, the White  House is seeking to distance itself from the scandal, intimating  the NSA was acting of its own volition.  

  Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the accusations, that the  NSA recorded millions of European citizens’ telephone calls, in a  video conference to London on Thursday. Kerry conceded that US  surveillance had “reached too far” and stated that the NSA  had been conducting its espionage on “automatic pilot.”  

  “In some cases, I acknowledge to you, as has the president,  that some of these actions have reached too far, and we are going  to make sure that does not happen in the future,” Kerry said,  stressing an inquiry is currently underway to reassess American  intelligence gathering programs.  

  Washington came under fire this week when a delegation from the  EU came to get answers over the NSA’s activities in Europe.  According to the revelations released by former CIA worker,  Edward Snowden, to the press, the US not only targeted regular  citizens, but also businessmen and high-profile politicians.  

  The White House did not give many answers to the delegation, they  instead sought to justify espionage in Europe as a measure to  protect against terrorism.  

  “It is much more important for this country that we defend  this nation and take the beatings than it is to give up a program  that would result in us being attacked,” Alexander told the  House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. He  went on to say that the US only collected data related to  warzones in the Middle East.  
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