spendius wrote: oralloy wrote:
a budget-saving measure
Is that irony oralloy?
No. I live up to the stereotype of the American who couldn't understand irony if his life depended on it.
I believe that the NSA has the global infrastructure in place to intercept any cell phone call on the planet.
If the NSA set up a special antenna on an embassy rooftop to do the same job that they could achieve with their existing global infrastructure, the only reason I could guess for doing such a thing would be because there is a certain cost to doing it the regular way, and the antennas on the embassy rooftop are cheaper.
I really doubt that the antennas have anything to do with spying at all. If I had to guess, I'd guess they are for encrypted communications between the embassy and their bosses back in the State Department.
I'd also bet that the German government violates our privacy and listens in on those communications.
I'm not upset about that. That's just the reality of international relations. But I wish they'd get a bit of perspective and stop acting like our own intercepts are some sort of atrocity.