I Find the Issue Exceedingly Embarrassing

Interviewing with Deutschlandfunk, AICGS Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Kornblum gave context to the growing revelations of U.S. surveillance in Germany and around the world. In light of recent allegations that the National Security Agency wiretapped Angela Merkel’s personal cellphone – alongside many other top political leaders – Ambassador Kornblum emphasized the extreme pressure the U.S. intelligence community and the president are under. Taking place on October 25, 2013, the original audio (flash) is also available via Deutschlandfunk’s archive (see also the MP3 format for incompatible browsers).

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John Kornblum

AICGS Trustee

John Kornblum is a senior counselor at the international law firm Noerr LLP and a former U.S. ambassador to Germany. He is a member of the AICGS Board of Trustees.