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Spying on Allies

June 2, 2021

Episode Notes:

Earlier this week, the Danish media reported that between 2012 and 2014 the Danish Intelligence Service had cooperated with the National Security Agency to spy on U.S. allies such as Germany and France. Revelations of the Danish role, which involved tapping undersea cables passing through the country, led European leaders to renew earlier criticism of US intelligence activities.


To discuss this, were joined today by Emily Harding. Emily is deputy director and senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She joined CSIS from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where she was deputy staff director.


[ 01:02 ] What’s new in these revelations?

[ 02:44 ] Why do countries spy on their allies?

[ 05:45 ] How much of this was a surprise to European leaders?

[ 07:07 ] What will the international fallout be?

[ 08:17 ] Will this generate debate in Washington?

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