Three weeks ago, during the US government shutdown fiasco, and when there was legitimate concern if the US would begin prioritizing debt payments upon running out of cash, China’s official and most widely read press agency, Xinhua, slammed the US in “U.S. fiscal failure warrants a de-Americanized world” in which it called for a new world order, and an end to the reserve currency. Now, it is time for the follow up, with China kicking “America the eavesdropper” precisely when it is down.
The latest outburst of outcries and outrage across the world has laid bare that almighty America has at least one other anomalous addiction besides borrowing — bugging.
The U.S. debt drama features a polarized and paralyzed Washington at the helm of the world’s largest economy. As nerve-racking as it is, such irresponsible behavior is a recurrent headache economic policymakers worldwide can bear with.
Yet the sole superpower’s spying saga is spicy on a heart-attack scale. It is particularly hurtful to those supposed to trust America the most — its allies.
The recent cascade of eye-popping disclosures depicts a hyperactive Uncle Sam prying into others’ secrets and even eavesdropping on dozens of heads of state.
It has been revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) monitored the phone conservations of at least 35 world leaders in 2006. And that is just a tip of the iceberg of the spook organization’s sprawling spying scheme.