The European Space Agency (ESA) said Thursday that it is suspending all contact with the US government representatives. In a memorandum sent out to ESA members, the agency said that the suspension includes travel to US, teleconferences, and visits by US government officials to ESA facilities.
The agency said that collaboration over the International Space Station (ISS) is exempted from this communication break-up. The directive came from ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain.
The memorandum clearly states NSA’s continuous spying on European leaders and citizens.
Given NSA’s ongoing violation of EU’s privacy, until further notice, the EU has determined that all ESA contacts with US government representatives are suspended, unless the activity has been specifically excepted. This suspension includes ESA travel to USA and visits by US Government representatives to ESA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences. At present, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted. In addition, multilateral meetings held outside of EU that may include US participation are not precluded under the present guidance.
US Government objected strongly to the move and accused ESA for engaging in political issues compromising the common and grander goals for science.
US President Barack Obama is expected to call Dordain today to discuss how to end this situation. NSA is assisting the President in formatting his response to EU, based on the communication EU members had with each other over phone.
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