BERLIN – First the good news: Ideas about US/NSA total surveillance of 80 million Germans – their politics, their businesses, their phone calls, their emails – are NOT a conspiracy theory. Relax. You are not paranoid.
Now the bad news: No conspiracy theory could possibly hold the candle to American reality: It was revealed in February 2016 by Wikileaks, and disseminated by German media, that Washington spied “much more on German Chancellor A. Merkel than was previously imagined.” And that’s not all: The leaked documents also revealed how the NSA shamelessly peeped in on Silvio Berlusconi (Italy), Nicolas Sarkozy (France), and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel), as well other, less important international figures such as Ban Ki-Moon, the current UN Secretary General.
It gets worse, says the SPIEGEL: The NSA wire-tapped EU-Japan communications. Still does. The Japan Times reports that Shinzo Abe’s telephone (Japan) is hacked, too. In fact, all European businesses, in particular German (Deutsche Bank, Siemens, Bayer, VW, Daimler, etc.), as well as Japanese key companies are systematically sued in the United States for “corruption” or “wrongdoings.” Which led conspiracy theorists begin to think that America could have an unfair, almost unbeatable advantage: It KNOWS EVERYTHING that its “competitors” are doing.
But fear not. This news will soon be swept under the carpet of collective amnesia, because, seriously, European and Japanese politicians and business leaders, let alone investigative journalists, ARE FAR TOO SCARED to talk about it. It’s the nuclear bomb in the room. Nobody touches it. Leader will have to smile. Silence is gold. In fact, Angela Merkel is already in talks at Turtle Bay east of Manhatten: As the next Secretary General of the United Nations.
Thor Tukoll is a pen name of Thorsten J. Pattberg, a German writer and cultural critic. He is the author of The East-West Dichotomy, Shengren, and Inside Peking University.
2016 (c) Thor Tukoll