The German government showed outrage when it was learned the US had been spying on German government officials, including its leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel. But in the spy game, where reports show officials from around the world were aware of the deep intrusive power of electronic eavesdropping long before the Edward Snowden revelations, it turns out Germany was spying on the US and now Turkish officials, both NATO allies.
German BND spied on Turkey
The revelation that Turkey was the subject of spying by the German BND, the equivalent of the of the US CIA and NSA rolled into one, has led to the Turkish government to summon the German ambassador for a a “satisfactory explanation” of its spying activity.
“I am of the opinion that this needs to be taken seriously,” Mehmet Ali Sahin of Turkey’s ruling AK party was quoted in a BBC article saying. “Definitely, our government and foreign ministry will carry out the necessary research about the allegations in the magazine.”
What might not get in any official media report of the incident is Turkey’s troublesome turn to Islamic radicalism and its increasing authoritarian turn, a move documented over a year ago in the New York Times.
Turkey’s turn towards the principles of radical movements
Turkey’s turn towards the principles of radical movements that restrict freedom of speech along with its increasingly harsh tone towards Israel are the murmurs heard that echo concerns in the true democratic roots of the NATO component that is now embroiled in the the Syrian conflict and the Kurdish north.
In other words, the case in favor of spying on Turkey and its new regime can be easily made, but that likely won’t be done in mainstream reports as it touches on the sensitive topic of a coup attempt by radical Islam across the Middle East.
Turkey’s being the “victim” of German spying was first published in the German news magazine Der Spiegel.
German foreign ministry took a diplomatic tone
For its part the German foreign ministry took a diplomatic tone, which is to say the obfuscated what lie behind the scenes. Germany’s Turkish envoy, Ambassador Eberhard Pohl, said the “discussion” with Turkish foreign ministry officials “took place in a friendly atmosphere.”
In other words, Turkey’s apparent turn away from freedom of speech and its involvement to suppress Kurdish democracy in the wider region was not likely to be questioned in blunt fashion.
What the ambassador wanted to accomplish was “to explain to the Turkish authorities what was published in the German media,” as if the article in question needed such explanation.
What this means is unclear, but it could be reference to Germany’s coming out party from the closet of mass electronic spying without any known bounds or control. Such control was placed upon a government that referenced the Nazi regime and compared them to Israel, but likely such topics would likely not find their way into the mainstream media.