June 30th, 2013
08:41 AM ET

Europe furious, 'shocked' by report of U.S. spying

By Josh Levs

European officials reacted with fury Sunday after a report that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on EU offices.

The European Union warned that if the report is accurate, it will have tremendous repercussions.

"I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations," European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement. "If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations. On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations."

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  1. Ross Poirot

    Yeehhhaaaawwwww!!! We're gonna take DOWN that EVIL EMPIRE!!!!! USA- you are ON our LIST!!!!! – Belgium. All of it.

    July 2, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • rvwrb

      hate to break your party Ross but the US knows already and has likely initiated counter measure to stop you!!! 🙂

      July 2, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
  2. mickey

    i still believe that the people in this country cannot see what this president really is!a backroom democrat from the most corrupt democratic political state in the country.boss tweed is an amateur compared to obama.

    July 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  3. rvwrb

    Every country does it – if they don't they need to; If they do the only way they can protect themselves is to act indignant just as the EU has done; to not complain would be a sigh of complacency – something no government would want to do.

    people should not be shocked about either side of the issue

    July 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • FactChecker

      "I am shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in this establishment.

      Your winnings, sir. Thank you very much." Capt Renault

      July 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  4. lilly taylor

    How sad so many respond aggressively. How uniformed so many are. How sad that a mighty nation has such a collective low IQ!

    July 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  5. OO7°``

    The EU should first straighten out their Euro financial problem and unrest in Greece and wherever else, before they talk about "a severe impact on EU-US relations".

    July 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  6. Bushiano

    Are the EU at war with the U.S.? If no why would they accuse an American worker for spying which all the wealthy and Powerful nations do. All nations have their spy satelites all over the space and drones so why should the EU get bothered over this? Afterall, America is the most powerful nation on earth alongside Israel. Any soul who consider one's expression of his natural freedom as "spying" is not worth living in our elite society where satelites, cctv, antenas, micro chips and eyes are litered all over our world that tracks peoples and things they do. I see the EU as a well elitened society whose activities are open, free to all & fair, and one who should get stuffs to hide. They have a very bad skeleton in their cupboard if they should accuse any body for such thing. "Spy" is and english word and english is EU's simple! In my country, non has been ever convicted of that because our government is not war-like.

    July 1, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  7. Tommy Jones

    USA is to stupid. When Europe disband the Friendship to the USA we will have very much Problems. Europe is very friendly with Russia and China. Europe is the middle earth and extreme important for the whole World. Powerfull, Strong and Brotherhood. USA has to much enemys's to loose his last friendship. Angela Merkel, Putin.... This Presidents are hard and not smart. Angela is the mighty's Woman of the whole World. You see the Results on Snowden, you cant even trust urself. How the Europe should? Work on your own Problems and stop spending Billions to Country's we dont need. But try to hold your Friends! That's a really important Rule. And btw:" Europe and Russia has a way more Nuclear Bombs as the USA".

    July 1, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
  8. Eva

    Okay, that's enough of this pitiful Europe is being upset business. So what if the USA spied on other country's for our country's security? As IF any European country does not have spies here in the US. Isn't this little bit hypocritical?

    July 1, 2013 at 1:37 am | Reply
  9. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • ?

      hardy har har, why don't you go blow yourself up then you sad little man

      June 30, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
      • john smith

        truth hurts. ouch

        July 1, 2013 at 1:35 am |
    • OO7°``

      You ogres an us!! GO BACK TO YOUR OUT HOUSE!!

      July 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  10. SWEJ

    Is it just me or are is everyone getting tired of that photo?

    June 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      This is because there is no other photo available. NOBODY saw Snowden since he left Hong Kong. And nobody saw hing before he went to Hong Kong. And unlike Russian selebrity spy Anna Chapnam, he did not have hundreds of photographs on odnoklassinki.ru. And unlike Russian websuite odnoklassinki, american Facebook allows you to post only small, low quality, low-resolution photos.

      July 1, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • OO7°``

      I know what you mean. Everytime I see it I want to water-board my computer monitor. I HATE BIN SNOWDEN!

      July 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  11. Ron Jason

    I do love it so. I needed a good laugh. "... it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.". President Schultz, tell me, are you going to raise the price on the 2014 Mercedes? Is that you're threat? Because really at this point I think we need to pull our troops out of Germany and let the Russians (whom we have held at bay at a cost of billions of dollars each year) roll on in and have a field day with your Country much as they did in April, 1944. Have you forgotten? They were a bit upset over your ill-fated "Operation Barbarossa" in 1941 wherein your Troops murdered millions of Russian civilians. Indeed, at the end of WW-II your soldiers were surrendering to US and British troops rather then being taken alive by the Russians. I understand that you are upset that our NSA may have uncovered your incestuous relationship with your Brother, I can understand your concern. But even that is better then one million Russian's invading Berlin, is it not? We keep your nation alive, is that clear?

    June 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  12. Stellar17

    Does Mr. Schulz mean as serious as when France and Germany were doing deals with Saddam Hussein to sell oil in Euro's instead of $$$, all part of an effort to cause a catastrophe in the US economy?

    June 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  13. EU who

    Awww poor babys Eu- cry your eyes out you bums – music to my ears lol. It's great entertainment to watch all Kings, and Emperors in they're ivory castle, kicking down on the commoners – finally are going to be exposed with they're hands in the cookie jar. That's what this is all about, if the us government cared about the country they wouldn't be giving away billions on the global warming fraud. They worried about be exposed, that's what all the drama is about.

    June 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Gilles

      THE USA AS BECOME THE NEW SOVIET UNION

      June 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  14. Alex279

    Wow, The grand-European bureocratic machine is set in motions. Rusty gears start rolling and expressing consern. We did non new... How outrageous...

    My prediction is that a small disgrunted European country –a Check Republic or something - will offer Snowden asylum. Then half-a-dozen will follow suit. Then some eastern-European democracy among unconditional US supporters - a Latvia or something - will say Sorry, Uncle Sam, we are loyal members of Your Coalition of Willing, but we are Europeans as well, so we cannot give you this one, but how we can serve you next time...

    June 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  15. PinkPanther

    Every country in the world spies on its citizens. Country's spy on each other and every nation has a spy network of some type. Look it up.

    June 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  16. Jito

    Question to BoozAllen – don't you have a requirement for atleast a college degree when hiring contractors to work on defence computer systems? or atleast a high school matriculate?

    June 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • George Howe

      While I certainly don't support anything that Snowden has done, he isn't quite the idiot that CNN and other news organizations have tried to make him out to be. During his 11th grade, he missed too many days due to illness to move into12th grade with his peers, so instead of graduating with a later class he decided to get his GED and go on to college. While in college he decided to join the Army. My own son did the same thing at about the same time in order to pay for college. I can only assume that Snowden's reasons were similar since the Army had an advertising push going on at that time to people attending college. Snowden broke both legs while undergoing Special Forces training, which means he had completed his basic and advanced individual training, which may have been where he received his computer training at.

      June 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  17. John

    U.S think dt they have all right to do anything to any other country around d wrld....bt,dy don't have......this is oviously unacceptable for the EU that if the allegation r true nd EU should do some critical action against U.S govt.

    June 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  18. George Patton-2

    EU should say Thank You NSA!!! for keeping eyes on bad people living in their countries for them, at no cost, if I may add.

    June 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • OO7°``

      EU should give every American and expense account for that favor.

      July 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  19. Thomas

    If Europe (or any other nation) would do the same with the U.S., the U.S. government would loudly whine and send troops and bomb these countries. But the U.S. thinks they has the right to do everything abroad. What a fu**** dictatorship. You should rename the U.S. into USSR.

    June 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      You think the U.S. hasn't known about other countries "spying" on them? Been going on for quite a while genius... With that being said, list the countries that the U.S. has sent troops into and/or bombed because of this "revelation". You're either just throwing "grenades" knowing what you're spewing is crap or you a real uninformed idiot.

      June 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      The larger European nations, Israel, india, Brazil and several Pacific "allies" all spy on us for various reasons. Adversary states such as China, Russia, Cuba and Iran obvously do, This is well known and tolerated to a degree. All nations spy on other nations as they see threats that require intel, and for the EU to act offended is pure theatrics. The EU needs to grow up and start acting like adults.

      July 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  20. capper

    The US are the crooked cops of the world.

    June 30, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
  21. qwerty tapper

    the U.S. acts like the police of the world and they have out of this world technology, its amazing the EU is surprised by this new revelation, if the U.S. can do it they will if they cant they will try, if they havent, they will...

    June 30, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      I would much rather be the nation doing the butt kicking than be one of the nations getting their butts kicked. If you want to stay on the top of the heap you have to be willing to knock some opponents down when they threaten you. The meek just get pushed around. Grow a spine or move someplace the Chinese could roll through in a day, like New Zealand, if it weren't for our military and the credibile threat to use it.

      July 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply

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