Thursday’s Tappings



Today, Wednesday 8 July at 1800 CEST, WikiLeaks publishes three NSA intercepts of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, together with a list of 56 National Security Agency (NSA) target selectors for the Chancellor and the Chancellery. It lists not only confidential numbers for the Chancellor, but also for her top officials, her aides, her chief of staff, her political office and even her fax machine. The combined German NSA target lists released by WikiLeaks so far shows the NSA explicitly targeted for long-term surveillance 125 phone numbers for top German officials and did so for political and economic reasons, according to its own designations.

The intercepts published today show that the most senior levels of the US Executive were appraised of Chancellor Merkel’s plans on how to respond to the international financial crisis and the Eurozone bank bailout. Her private views about Obama’s engagement with Iran were also intercepted as she spoke to the United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Shaykh Muhammad bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan.

The target list includes almost two dozen targeted telephone numbers at the federal agency (German: Bundeskanzleramt) that serves the executive office of the Chancellor, surrounding the Chancellor in a web of surveillance. The intensive nature of US targeting around the Chancellor explains why the White House could easily commit to not targeting Angela Merkel personally in the future, but continues to refuse to make such a commitment for other members of the German government – the Chancellor cannot run the government by talking to herself.

The list of selectors that are targeted include several cell phone numbers, including the Vodafone number for Chancellor Merkel that was in use through 2013. The Vodafone number for former head of the Chancellery from 2009 to December 2013 (and therefore ultimately in charge of the BND for that time, which was through the start of the Snowden revelations), Ronald Pofalla, is also on the list. Pofalla stated on 12 August 2013 after the Snowden documents first surfaced that “the US side offered us a no-spy agreement”; however, since then it has become clear this is not the case.



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21 Responses to Thursday’s Tappings

  1. Den says:

    Busybodies of the World, paranoia has sent the snoopers into overdrive to insure their plans will not be subverted by monitoring every bit of communication. By doing so any rebellion would be quashed before word got out.

    Fascism always operates in secrecy and paranoia of the purveyors keeps it running.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Alternet not so hot either.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Tokyo Seoul for Sashimi Salad. That’s raw fish, Den.


    • Den says:

      Eating raw fish is fine for you, I prefer breaded filets in a skillet, with plenty of coleslaw and fries.


      • Den says:

        I am developing a real distrust for service related industries, occupied by ignoramuses with no clue to the proper way to do things, many bad results with simple ordinary requests tells me the idiots are encroaching fast. However there are those with a modicum of sense doing what is required and I applaud that, however they are slowly being outnumbered by mouth breathing idiots that need to be told what to do next.

        Sad times for such a once prosperous America, occupied by distractive activities and an education system bordering on corporate controlled madness leaving too many behind but passing them anyway.

        It’s OK to be stupid, all your friends are stupid, you are so stupid you do not even realize it. Ripe for the picking by those empowered to deceive and destroy all America ever stood for and replace it with a gigantic corporate control system, you must be stupid to participate, intelligence will be eliminated by force if necessary.

        Believe it of not?


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Just 77 °F in the house feels cool after coming in from the 93 °F sun, especially after taking off my shirt.


  5. Den says:

    Disgusted but hungry, as soon as the Sun goes over the top of the next building, bbq time.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Blackberries all gone. Yum.


  7. Den says:

    Nice temps today maybe 80, plenty of breezes, still humid tho.


    • David B. Benson says:

      So do you open the doors at night?


      • Den says:

        Oh hell no, 2in. max gap on the BIG-ASS door bottom, roof has a 18in. vent to continue the flow out. As hot air rises and wind blows in under the door, it is warmed by the heated mass which is my stuff, collects that heat and proceeds out the roof vent, eventually it all equalizes with nothing left except the breezes.

        100 degrees, no place to hide except the shower and AC.


  8. Den says:

    Screw this I’m going to bed, here LLama,LLama, here LLama, LLama!
    Oh there you are, zzzzzzzzzz


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