Back in June of this year we shared with you a number of reactions and quotes relating to the NSA spying scandal that whistleblower Edward Snowden brought to the world’s attention. Since then news outlets have been continuing to report on the story as more and more information comes to light as to the extent of the NSA spying.
This new story now apparently directly affects everyone around the world, even the US’ allies in places like Europe. Recent documents have proven that the NSA has been spying on state leaders, even tapping their phones directly. This is news that – as you can imagine – is not being taken very well throughout the world.
These most recent discoveries have generated quite a bit of buzz and discussion about the NSA and the US government in American as well as global media. The pressure is piling on for a response from the government and other heads of state are working to prevent this spying from ever happening again. Here are some of the most recent interesting quotes from pertinent people about the story:
Re. Peter King defending the NSA’s work: “The president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive. The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives not just in the United States but in France, Germany and throughout Europe.”
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta remarks on the spying: “We want the truth. It is not in the least bit conceivable that activity of this type could be acceptable.”
French president Francois Hollande taking a more practical approach to the problem: “What is at stake is preserving our relations with the United States. They should not be changed because of what has happened. But trust has to be restored and reinforced.”
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso taking a strong stance against the NSAs activities: “At least in Europe, we consider the right to privacy a fundamental right, and it is a very serious matter.”
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, on how he is taking the information: “The Americans are and remain our best friends, but this is absolutely not right. We can’t simply return to business as usual.”
There are plenty more quotes out there from heads of state and other government officials. If you find any feel free to send them our way.