Friday, February 7, 2014

Just how much spying are the Russians doing?

The US blamed Russia for a leak of a phone call involving a US assistant secretary of state, while a top Kremlin official said Russia had video of Sochi reporters' hotel bathrooms.

An intercepted telephone call in which the top American official in Europe essentially tells theEuropean Union to “stuff it” on Ukraine – but in far less diplomatic terms – is certainly damaging for its content.
But the source behind the interception could become the more pressing story, as the Olympic Games inSochi kick off today: The US is blaming it on Russia.
The telephone call from last month, between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, was first covered in the media by the Kyiv Post, and captures exasperation on the part of Ms. Nuland at the way the EU had, to date, sought to end the increasingly violent standoff.

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