I was curious about the extent to which we had gone prying into sensitive communications by Angela Merkel. Was it an encrypted phone that we may have (the White House isn’t saying whether we did or not) tapped?
Merkel told EU leaders in Brussels on Friday morning that she has two mobile phones. One, a Blackberry, is encrypted and the other, a Nokia, is not. They are used to separate conversations about the government, and those covering the activity of her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU).
She explained that she used a mobile phone funded by the CDU to make calls concerning the party to demonstrate that she would not use a state government-funded phone to make CDU-specific calls.
This is likely the phone that the NSA were listening in on. Any calls made as Chancellor are done on an encrypted Blackberry or encrypted landlines, the Welt newspaper reported on Friday….
I don’t know whether that’s accurate or not. But I liked the fact that somebody out there is at least asking the questions that Tom Clancy would have asked, were he still with us…