Former CIA analyst Lisa Ruth of LIGNET says that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being disingenuous for saying that she was shocked to learn that the United States had spies deployed to the European ally.
"Even with our allies everything is not out in the open," Ruth told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV
"We really are trying to make the best intelligence assessments for policy decisions that we can and what that means is — even our friends mislead us," she explained. "We need to have a very clear idea of what's happening in order to make those assessments," the former CIA analyst added.
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"When this whole thing came out and Merkel was shocked and appalled that we were recruiting — welcome to the CIA, we have a CIA," Ruth said. "This is not a big surprise."
"It is disingenuous to believe that we're not spying," she contends. Ruth explained that the CIA was just doing its job.
"These intelligence services, this is what they do," she said. "The CIA collects information — this is not a big surprise — and just as we are collecting information we should also be protecting our information."
The German publication Spiegel
reported that Israel intercepted some of Secretary of State John Kerry's phone calls last year while in the midst of the Middle East peace negotiations when he would speak on unsecured lines, which he apparently did regularly.
"The fact that Kerry did communicate on unsecured phones — you're almost waiving a red flag," Ruth said.
The former CIA analyst said it's a blunder "you might expect to see from a brand new first day administration, [but] you wouldn't expect to see it at this level."
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