Is Merkel a CIA Asset?
By Finian Cunningham
April 30, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Sputnik"
The claims that Merkel’s government knew about German state intelligence spying
on behalf of the Americans against the country's own industrial interests raise
disturbing questions about the i ntegrity of German government leaders.
The apparent betrayal of German national interests
by Chancellor Angela Merkel is not only evident over the recent industrial
spying scandal on behalf of America. The slavish pursuit by Merkel
of Washington's anti-Russian policy over Ukraine — in contradistinction
to her country's national interests — also cogently suggests that the
chancellor is serving a foreign master.
reports that German state intelligence was spying on behalf of the Americans
against the country's own industrial interests are bad enough. But then
added to that are claims that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel
knew about the espionage — and turned a blind eye.
This raises disturbing questions about the integrity of German
government leaders, and primarily Angela Merkel. Is Merkel an asset for American
intelligence, serving the geopolitical interests of Washington rather than the
good of her own nation, or the wider good of Europe?
The news story in question refers to reports in the German
media last week of how Germany's Federal Intelligence (BND) collaborated
with the US National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on multinational European
defence companies, including EADS and Eurocopter. The specific eavesdropping
on these firms — in which Germany has major national economic interests —
reportedly dates back to 2008. It is inconceivable that the highest levels
of German government, including Chancellor Merkel — did not know about the
industrial espionage. Yet Merkel appears to have countenanced the illegal
activity, even though such activity would have vitiated German national
interests, affording advantage to American competitors.
First of all, the idea that German state intelligence is
thoroughly penetrated by American secret agencies is not an outlandish theory.
Far from it. The functioning of the BND as part of the
American intelligence apparatus has been going on for decades, since the US
oversaw the postwar rehabilitation of defeated Nazi Germany. The Americans and
the British wove German intelligence — much of it inherited from the Nazi war
machine — into their European-wide operations. German historian Josef Foschepoth
and expert on postwar allied intelligence operations says that the West German
government signed a secret pact with Washington and London, in 1968, known
as the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. That pact mandates "intensive
collaboration" and continues to this day — more than two decades since the
reunification of Germany.
In essence, the American secret services like the NSA and
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), have a free hand to carry out massive
surveillance in Germany against whomever they want, whether private citizens or
industrial companies. And all with the help of German state intelligence and the
The tip of this iceberg in espionage and snooping was further
revealed with the disclosures in 2013 by former American NSA operative Edward
Snowden. Among the trove of revelations made by Snowden was the finding that
American intelligence had been tapping the personal communications of German
Chancellor Angela Merkel. The eavesdropping dated back to 2002 — three years
before the leader of the Christian Democrat Union first became chancellor.
The telling thing is how puny and pusillanimous was the
reaction from the German authorities to this disclosure of illicit spying
by Washington. Apart from an initial bout of handwringing by Merkel and other
Berlin figures, the whole scandal was quickly swept under the carpet as if it
never happened. That suggests that the German government was already well aware
of its compromised, subservient relation to Washington, as manifested
by intrusive access to communications at the highest level.
As noted above such a master-servant relationship between the
US and Germany was a fundamental tenet of the postwar American reconstitution
of that country, and the predominant role devolved to NATO by Washington
over European security affairs. The German government was apprised of, indeed
was a willing party to, its subservient role to American intelligence and the
free hand given to the latter. So, when the rest of the world learnt of American
government spying on Merkel back in 2013 from the Edward Snowden's leaks,
perhaps the least surprised person would have been Merkel and her
administration. Hence the meek response from Berlin towards Washington and,
to any objective observer, its shockingly invasive conduct against German
Further explosive testimony on the systematic penetration
of American intelligence of German institutions came in recent months
from former senior newspaper editor, Udo Ulfkotte. In several media interviews
and in a best-selling book, Ulfkotte tells how German journalists and
politicians are routinely recruited as CIA assets to spin stories or promulgate
policies that are aimed at serving the geopolitical interests of Washington, not
the interests of the German people. The former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung — one of Germany's best-known newspapers — confessed that he was one
of the CIA's assets for many years, publishing stories that he knew to be false
and which were damaging to international relations, and in particular
antagonistic towards Russia.
In an interview with RT last year, Ulfkotte said: "It is not
right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda
against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the
past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all
over Europe… I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don't like to have
this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always
people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists
There is no reason to believe that the same
domineering relation does not hold between US secret government and other
But given Germany's central importance to the economy and
policies of the European Union and its historical growing ties with Russia
since the Second World War, Berlin would be a prime target for the Americans
to exert leverage for their geopolitical advantage.
When we look at German policy towards Russia over the Ukraine
conflict it seems absurd on the face of it. German small businesses, major
export companies and farmers are losing heavily from the Western sanctions
imposed on Russia and from Moscow's counter-sanctions. Polls also indicate
German public opinion is not supportive of the hostile policies, policies that
have emanated from Washington and which the European allies have adopted,
largely at the behest of Berlin.
This week Chancellor Merkel warned that EU sanctions
against Russia may be extended if Russia does not "fulfil the Minsk ceasefire
Merkel's logic is risible. There is no evidence that Russia
has subverted Ukraine or has a military presence there. It was Russian President
Vladimir Putin who helped broker the Minsk ceasefire. All the evidence,
including reports by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe,
points to the truce being breached by the Western-backed Kiev regime. It is the
Kiev regime that is not fulfilling its commitments under the Minsk accords, yet
Merkel chooses, illogically, to castigate Russia.
Moreover, it is Washington that has sent hundreds of its
troops into Ukraine in the past week to carry out military exercises with the
armed forces of non-NATO member Ukraine. Why is Merkel so silent when it comes
to censuring Washington and its puppet-regime in Kiev over what are egregious
threats to peace? Her silence is incriminating.
Merkel's take on Ukraine and Russia is so completely at odds
with reality and against the national interests of her own people, the question
of just who is she serving comes to the fore. The recent industrial spying
scandal on German companies carried out by the US — with German federal
collusion — and the long-time surveillance of the chancellor's personal life
points to Merkel being a compromised leader. Or, in a word: bought.
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Coverup claims over revelation that Germany spied on EU
partners for US: Germany has been spying and
eavesdropping on its closest partners in the EU and passing the information to
the US for more than a decade, a parliamentary inquiry in Berlin has found,
triggering allegations of lying and coverups reaching to the very top of Angela