There was another geopolitical development recorded in the past few weeks as well. You’ll recall that during the NSA scandal, China directed its various government agencies to cease procuring hardware from American companies, fearing infestation by “backdoors” and corrupted software. The fear is a legitimate one, for as I have noted in previous blogs, it was the deliberate “leak” of such corrupted software to the Soviet Union during the Reagan administration that caused a massive gas pipeline explosion – visible from space – in a Soviet Pipeline. You’ll also recall that Russia also considered moving back to typewriters for creating sensitive documents fear from American snooping.
Now Germany has joined China in officially directing its intelligence services to limit purchases of American made hardware and software, and has joined Russia in considering the reintroduction of the typewriter to generate official and secret documents:
Now, I’m an analogue sort of guy… I still think vinyl analogue recordings are much more faithful to the flattened compressed sound of CDs, and most readers here know my distrust of ebook platforms and the immense potential for corporations or governments to change an author’s words or delete or add text at their whim, and claim it as an author’s. Hence, my constant requests to all of you to buy books, and not the shoddy electronic and manipulable substitute for them (I mean, c’mon here… are you really going to trust a certain company whose CEO now attends Bilderberger meetings?). So, notwithstanding that all of us gain immensely from the digital and computer age, there’s a certain part of me that gloats over the simple analogue solutions to the massive billions spent on electronic eavesdropping. Don’t get me wrong. The IBM Selectric won’t come back…the Russians and Germans will just build their own… and make sure to burn the cartridge tapes after using. And for good measure, they’ll probably put their typewriter pools on separate electric grids to make sure the NSA doesn’t try to read the keystrokes via the power lines.
But the real problem is highlighted toward the end of the Zero Hedge article:
“According to Bloomberg, the German chancellor’s office has issued instructions to national intelligence services to limit cooperation with U.S. following alleged U.S. spying case, Bild reports without saying where it got information.
“The newspaper also says:
- Instructions cover all activities not related to the immediate security interests of Germany and the safety of German soliders in Afghanistan, other foreign missions and terrorism threats
- Decision to ask U.S. intelligence representative to leave taken July 9 after the regular cabinet meeting at special meeting at Chancellery attended by Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Thomas de Maiziere
- Main reason for decision was failure of U.S. to cooperate in investigation of operations following revelations by Edward Snowden
- Foreign office subsequently gave U.S. Ambassador John Emerson 72 hrs to have U.S. agent leave Germany voluntarily or formal expulsion proceedings would be started against him
- Only 3 of the 218 BND documents sold to CIA were related to Bundestag espionage investigation
“That said, the US is hardly be too worried: after all it is a well-known “secret” that of all European leaders with a very checkered past, the NSA has all the goods on Merkel (and her proximity to the communist system in her DDR days), which can and will be disclosed using the proper channels at a moment’s notice, with an appropriate (pre-vetted by the State Department of course) replacement in place should relations with Germany truly sour. It certainly explains why despite loud demands for a “formal espionage investigation“, nobody in the German government has lifted a finger to find out just how deep the NSA rabbit hole goes.”
For once, I’m in disagreement with Zero Hedge. Merkel, like virtually every other German from the former Eastern Zone, had some connection to the Communist party of the former German Democratic Republic.
But let’s assume for a moment that Germans were mistrustful of their current Chancellorin on that basis, this does not necessarily mean that a Washington pre-approved Chancellor is waiting in the wings. After all, if Frau Merkel and her government were as much under Washington’s thumb as the article avers, it is doubtful that even these actions would have been taken. The bottom line here is, that the Germans themselves are going to be more alive than ever to a careful vetting of all their political candidates, not just at their federal level, but also at the level of Laender politics as well. And slavish kowtowing to Washington probably won’t be on the top of the list of electability.
And oh, by the way, did we mention France…?
See you on the flip side.