With the recent release of the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland’s now infamous “F*ck the EU,” not-so-private diplomatic conversation, Vladimir Putin has once again put the Obamaadministration on the hot seat, this time angering yet another US ally, Germany.
Making matters worse and showing Russia has thetechnology and intelligence capabilities to obtain the obviously unencrypted phone call, Nuland’s response of “I am not going to comment on private diplomatic conversations. But it was pretty impressive tradecraft. The audio was extremely clear,” not only acknowledged that she said it, but that Putin’s “tradecaft” was impressive.
Via Zero Point, we see how Putin has been playing withObama like a cat would play with a mouse:
At least she indirectly complemented Putin on being smart enough to not only intercept what appears to have been an unencrypted phone call, but to release it at just the right time as the entire world’s attention turns to Russia and by extension, the Ukraine..
Because in retrospect Putin does deserve praise: having won the Ukraine over Europe‘s cries of horror, he has also managed, in the past year, to alienate the US from Israel, Saudi Arabia and now, Germany. And all this without saying a single word, let along firing a shot..