US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says – The Intercept
… one of two things is true: 1) the U.S. actually threatened Germany that it would refrain from notifying them of terrorist plots against German citizens and thus deliberately leave them vulnerable to violent attacks, or 2) some combination of high officials from the U.S. and/or German governments are invoking such fictitious threats in order to manipulate and scare the German public into believing that asylum for Snowden will endanger their lives. Both are obviously noteworthy, though it’s hard to say which is worse.
I would hate to think that Germany declined the opportunity to poke Five Eyes simultaneously. I would hate it even worse to think that Germany caved in to conspiring with the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Snowden is on our side; having only Russia stand with him is way crazy.