In the film "Casablanca," everybody went to Rick's Place. The French Inspector spent time there just about every day. When the occupying Nazi German officials had cause to suspect Rick's, they used the excuse that gambling was going on there. Of course gambling was going on; everybody knew that, including the Inspector. However, playing the game to salve the Nazis, the Inspector feigned ignorance and said he was "shocked, do you hear me, shocked" to find out gambling was going on.
Well much the same is going on now in international affairs. German officials, French officials, Spanish officials, etc. are "shocked, I tell you, shocked"" to find out that the United States is using electronic equipment to spy on the European nations and others.
Psst. Let me tell you a secret. Promise not to tell anyone else. The U.S. actually IS spying on the Germans, spying on the French, spying on the Spanish, and spying on just about every nation on earth. Shhh. Do you know that the French are spying on the Americans? Do you know the Germans are spying on the Americans? Do you know the Spanish are spying on the Americans? I know, we are all shocked.
When the nature of all this spying was revealed, all the leaders had to act shocked in order to appease their citizenry. So, what is now going on among European leaders is worthy of an Academy Award. Suddenly everybody is shocked and demands apologies and actions to correct all this shocking spying. The dramatic posturing is ham acting at its best [or worst].
Actually, all this spying has given France and Germany and others a "head's up" on terrorist activities that would have caused violence and bloodshed if we did not warn those nations. No doubt they have also shared information with the U.S. to prevent horrible consequences. That's what friends do, they share.
I'm getting tired of all the fake acting on the part of our "allies." C'mon, we all know we are spying on each other. Can we be adult enough to ride this out, and act like responsible governments? In international relations, honesty always suffers. I'm shocked!