In Germany, reports of the United States' vast espionage activities have surprised and upset many, including politicians. But Snowden isn't buying the version given by leading German politicians and government figures that they were entirely unaware of the spying programs. The contrary is true and the NSA people are "in bed together with the Germans," the whistleblower told American cryptography expert Jacob Appelbaum and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras in an interview conducted with the help of encrypted emails shortly before Snowden became a global name.This interview was conducted before Snowden left Hawaii. The series of his revelations are part of a master plan and not just a reactions to daily events. This information was held back until the world was treated to the spectacle of Merkel reacting in outrage over American activities. This story come on the heels of a story from Le Monde that France has similar reasons to be embarrassed after its display of outrage.
Snowden describes the intelligence services partnerships in detail. The NSA even has a special department for such cooperation, the Foreign Affairs Directorate. He also exposes a noteworthy detail about how government decision-makers are protected by these programs. The partnerships are organized in a way so that authorities in other countries can "insulate their political leaders from the backlash" in the event it becomes public "how grievously they're violating global privacy," the American said.
The article outlines the details of how the system of information sharing works. The various countries spy on each other's citizens and then share the information. It is gossip on a truly grand scale.