With the repeated history of repressive surveillance practices ingrained into cultural memory, Germany seems to know this narrative well. Malte Lehming is a frequent contributor and participant at AICGS whose recent essay in Der Tagesspiegel* suggests that there has been a subtle transformation of the “never-do-evil” logic into a “never-allow-evil” strain. Construing Edward Snowden no longer as simply a whistleblower, but as a persecuted revolutionary, this altered logic also casts both the U.S. and German intelligence communities in a negative light. Meanwhile, Putin’s dream of “driving a wedge between the transatlantic partnership” is coming true.

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*A translation of this essay appears in the National Interest on November 5, 2013.

  • Rob Houck

    Once again, thanks for this. Seems MUCH more realistic than other editorials in both the US and Germany. Of course other countries without Germany’s history are also upset. No one likes to be shown up. I do not want to sink to the lowest common denominator, but shouldn’t our guys know as much as the Russians and the Chinese? Isn’t it helpful to Germany to know how exposed it is? Even Kohl made his sensitive phone calls not from his car phone but from a pay phone on the Autobahn.