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  • Dec 28, 2014
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Minister under fire for wrongly blaming US for domestic spying

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 1:40am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 1:40am

A Dutch cabinet minister faced calls to quit yesterday after admitting he wrongly told Parliament that 1.8 million telecommunications intercepts had been collected by the US National Security Agency, rather than the Dutch spy service.

His departure would come at a bad time for Prime Minister Mark Rutte's coalition government. It is polling close to the lowest level since taking power in November 2012, and only two weeks ago saw deputy finance minister Frans Weekers resign over a benefits scandal.

Internal Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk wrote on Monday in a letter to Parliament that it was the Dutch intelligence service, not the NSA, that had collected the so-called metadata.

Plasterk said he had known for more than two months that he had provided incorrect information, but only rectified the error in Monday's letter.

Explaining his error, he said he had sought to counter media reports in Germany and France that 1.8 million Dutch phone calls had been bugged, and had suggested the NSA had done so, which turned out to be wrong.

Plasterk said the Netherlands shared that metadata with the NSA and he defended his decision not to be more forthcoming earlier, saying he wanted to protect "the modus operandi of the state intelligence service".

Several opposition parties have called for Plasterk - a prominent member of the Labour Party, which shares power with the Liberals - to quit. Plasterk was expected to defend his actions later yesterday in a parliamentary debate, during which he may still face a no-confidence vote.

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aaronthebox
You have to love this. The United States was taking hit after hit for its surveillance programs...then we found out that, in fact, while Germany accused the US of spying on German citizens (to save face, and the US allowed them to make the false accusation), when in fact, it was the Germany government itself along with the help of the UK spying on German citizens.
Since, we've found that, indeed, China, Russia, Japan, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Mexico are ALL guilty of spying on their own citizens.
You had to be a typical US American idiot to not have already known that was going on, and for those who think Snowden is a hero...sure, he is the hero for the morons who didn't already know this was happening. For the rest of us, who already knew, Snowden was someone who just risked the lives of members of our military and US agents working for the NSA & CIA, as well as agents in our allies counterpart agencies.
Snowden's treason has only helped China & Russia, hurting the US, our Western European allies, and costing the nation over 100 billion dollars in emergency responses to his leaks. Not ONE single good thing has come from what Snowden did. Not one. If one good thing ever does come from what Snowden did, then that will be another issue.

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