Daily VideoJuly 2, 2013
European Leaders React to Alleged NSA Spying
Watch Euro Allies React to Reports That NSA Bugged Offices on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
Former CIA contractor Edward Snowden has leaked more information about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance activity, alleging that the U.S. bugged the offices of the European Union and Asian partner nations. These revelations have the Obama administration worried about America’s relationships with allied nations.
“These are disturbing news. If proven true, they prove — sorry — they demand full clarification, and the European Union is now expecting to hear from the U.S. authorities,” said Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokesperson for the European Commision.
The revelations have even threatened to derail free trade talks that began at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland last month.
“We cannot accept this kind of behavior among partners and allies. We do know there is a necessity for controlling systems, notably in the fight against terrorism. But I don’t think that risk exists in our embassies or within the E.U,” said French President Francois Hollande.
Meanwhile, Snowden has applied for political asylum in several countries including Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that, “If he would want to go anywhere and someone will accept him, he’s welcome to go. If he wishes to stay here, then we have one condition. He must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners, although it sounds very strange coming from me.”
Warm up questions
1. What is spying?
2. Why would a country spy on another country?
3. What is privacy?
1. Are you surprised by these allegations of U.S. spying on allies? Why or why not?
2. If you were in the position of one of the leaders of the European Union, how would you react to these allegations?
3. Do you think that this will harm America’s position in the world? Why or why not?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Students are up on their current events. Have you discussed the allegations of sexual harassment by prominent politicians with them? Use this NewsHour lesson to help your class have a sensitive, thoughtful and nonpartisan discussion. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
In this PBS lesson, teachers use media literacy with their students to discuss New York City’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Today’s Daily News Story discusses sexual harassment in the workplace as it pertains to revelations surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
In this NewsHour Extra lesson, students learn about the controversy surrounding a condolence call made by President Trump to a Gold Star widow, Myeshia Johnson. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
On Nov. 7, 2017, two governors’ races will take place in New Jersey and Virginia and a special election for U.S. House of Representatives will be held in Utah. A U.S. Senate race will take place in Alabama on Dec. 12, 2017. Seven special elections for Congress will have taken place in 2017. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld