Rasmussen: ‘NATO is not Involved’ in NSA Spying Scandal

"This is not a NATO case"

From Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO:  I don’t have any information about possible NSA facilities within the US representation at NATO. . . .

No, I haven’t spoken with my American friends because this…. NATO is not involved in this.  And this is not a NATO case.  And as a matter of principle I never comment on leaks or alleged leaks.  And this is the reason why I don’t have any comments on this case. 

I’m very much focussed on strengthening the transatlantic relationship. We are friends.  We are partners.  We are Allies.  And I think we should work together, to strengthen the bonds across the Atlantic.  That’s what I’m trying to do on a daily basis at NATO Headquarters.  And that’s why I warmly welcome the start of negotiations between the European Union and the United States as regards trade and investment.  I do believe that like-minded countries like the European and North American Allies should work much closely together, not only when it comes to security; but also when it comes to economics. . . .

As I’ve already said, NATO is not involved in this.  I don’t consider it a NATO… a NATO problem.  I have no reason to believe that NATO security has been compromised in any way.

Excerpts from responses by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to questions from the press, July 4, 2013.  (photo: NATO)

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