As European leaders express their fury at the news that the United States may be spying on them and their countrymen, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has dismissed their outrage, assuring the international community that widespread surveillance is merely par for the course.
“These leaders are responding to domestic pressures in their own countries, none of them are truly shocked about any of this,” Rubio told CNN Friday. “Everyone spies on everybody, I mean that’s just a fact.”
Reports released this week implicated the U.S. National Security Agency in the widespread surveillance of thousands of European Union citizens and governments.
According to Reuters, a delegation of EU lawmakers will be traveling to Washington next week to demand answers from the U.S. government regarding the spying allegations.
Despite the indignation of European leaders (the German Justice Minister previously said the alleged surveillance reminded her of the Cold War), Rubio -- who has defended domestic surveillance programs in the past -- implied that some of them may be behaving hypocritically, telling CNN:
“Whether they want to acknowledge that publicly or not -- and every country has different capabilities -- but at the end of the day if you are a U.S. government official traveling abroad, you are aware that anything you have on your cell phone, on your iPad, can be monitored by foreign intelligence agencies including that of your own allies."