John Kerry used to think spying on allies was a bad thing

The USA is accused for spying on our allies by bugging up to 38 embassies. Sec. of State John Kerry has the job of interfacing with our understandably ticked off allies. In a weak attempt to mitigate stated earlier today:

‘I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs and national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security and all kinds of information contributes to that. All I know is that is not unusual for lots of nations.’

John Kerry intentionally misrepresents the point our allies are making. Yes, lot of nations spy on other nations – especially totalitarian enemies. Allies are not supposed to spy on allies and for good reason. The benefits of spying on allies is far outweighed by the danger to the relationship.  John Kerry knows this and somehow thinks paying stupid is going to wash – it isn’t.

Let’s look back at what John Kerry had to say about spying on allies –

Then Senator John Kerry signed a letter delivered to President Clinton urging the President to not free Jonathan Pollard. Back in the mid-1980’s Jonathan Pollard worked for US Naval Intelligence. He became alarmed that the US was withholding information from Israel that pertained to the security of Israel. Israel was entitled to the information due to prior agreements.  So Pollard began spying for Israel, our ally. He was caught and remains in prison today serving a life sentence. Here is what Sec. of State John Kerry had to say when the shoe was on the other foot. Entire Letter

Dear Mr. President:

… First, a commutation of Mr. Pollard’s life sentence would imply a condonation of spying against the United States by an ally. It would also give credence to the claim that espionage is somehow less serious when Americans spy on behalf of a friendly nation with which they sympathize. This would send the wrong signal to employees within the Intelligence Community. It is an inviolable principle that those entrusted with America’s secrets must protect them, without exception, irrespective of their own personal views or sympathies.

Second, it undermines our ability to act as an honest broker throughout the world. We maintain relationships with many nations that are not necessarily complementary to one another. Those relationships depend upon our assurances of confidentiality. If you release Mr. Pollard, it will convey a message to our partners that we view secrets kept from our friends as less sacrosanct. They are not, and we must assure our partners that they are not.


Signed by a number of top officials including Sen. John Kerry.