Earlier today the German publication Der Spiegel reported that that country’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, likely had her cell phone tapped by the United States intelligence apparatus. Germany is a key ally of the United States, both economically and politically.

According to Spiegel, the Chancellor called United States President Barack Obama in protest over the revelation. The United States National Security Council told Spiegel that the country is not currently monitoring Merkel’s communications, and will not in the future. It did not comment on past actions.

That is only a denial of a sort. And, as we have seen previously, whenever the United States agencies tasked with national security and intelligence release a carefully worded statement, what they don’t say is usually more relevant than what they state plainly. It would have been simple for the National Security Council to definitively state it has never monitored the Chancellor’s communications. It chose to…

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