It was up to three years after the fact before it became known that the Obama administration was spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Fox News reporter James Rozen and several Associated Press writers. CNN and other outlets are demanding proof of the Trump administration that they were spied upon by the Obama administration.
What’s the hurry? If Merkel or Rosen made the same claim, it would have taken three years before the facts were known. For the Associated Press, it took a year.
President Barack Obama was dragged into the trans-Atlantic spying row after it was claimed he personally authorised the monitoring of Angela Merkel’s phone three years ago.
Mr Obama was told of the secret monitoring of Mrs Merkel by General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, in 2010, according to Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper.
The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen’s personal emails, the Washington Post reported on Monday. [5/19/2013]
The Associated Press:
On May 13, 2013, the Associated Press announced telephone records for 20 of their reporters during a two-month period in 2012 had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. AP reported the Justice Department would not say why it sought the records, but news sources noted the US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia was conducting a criminal investigation into a May 7, 2012 Associated Press story about a CIA operation which prevented the Yemeni terrorist Fahd al-Quso‘s plot to detonate an explosive device on a commercial flight
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got hot when pressed for proof of the surveillance. He rattled off several publicly available news sources which said pretty much the same as Trump did, including the New York Times.
And yet, three years after the fact, when it was finally reported Merkel and Rosen were targets, and a year after the AP sat on their own story, nobody in the mainstream media seemed to care.