November 2nd, 2013
01:27 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Michael Hayden on the Europe spying controversy

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On GPS this Sunday: The revelations over alleged tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone by the U.S. National Security Agency have strained relations between the two nations. But how serious are the current tensions? Fareed speaks with former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Next, the American side of the story. Who would have given the NSA permission to spy on leaders of ally countries? Former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden gives his take.

“[O]ccasionally, what you have is political guidance kind of being placed on top of your operational planning,” Hayden says. “I had political guidance while I was director of NSA.  I had targets. I had legitimate needs. But I was told, frankly, back off. That target is too sensitive. I don't want you doing that at this time, for this purpose.”

And, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on his legacy as he prepares to step down.

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  1. Joseph McCarthy

    What should anyone expect this clown Michael Hayden to say on this spying? Of course he's going to defend it like a tiger since he's been a part of this ignoble team, having headed both these agencies, the C.I.A. and NSA. As far as the gutless wonders who now lead Europe are concerned, all this will blow over soon and it'll be back to politics as usual!

    November 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    So, it's what the former German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is doing today, at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. He had to resign in March 2011, as he was criticised for plagiarism in his subsequently revoked doctoral thesis.

    November 3, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
  3. von. Günter

    What is this man FORMER DISGRACED German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg doing on your show. The man has been proven to be a cad and a plagiarist. If I faked my Doctorate in Germany I would spend time in jail. Why is he not in jail. Please do not have this FORMER DISGRACED Minister on your show again. He is a plagiarist and also a aristocrat and has no place in this modern world. In his resignation speech he said after his law degree he worked in the free economy .. He did not he worked for the Guttenberg foundation managing his family's vast properties.

    November 4, 2013 at 5:11 am | Reply
  4. Vivian

    A year ago U.S. congress was ready to declare war on China for hacking allegations and now every Tom, Dick and Harry in U.S. is claiming, "Everyone spies". I wonder what changed?

    Seriously, U.S. you have become worst than Nazis.

    November 4, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply

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