The clusterfuck that is the NSA PRISM leak by Edward Snowden, which precipitated a story by Der Spiegel about the US monitoring communication in several allied states – in fact, most of them – somewhat unexpectedly washed up in Slovenia as well. Nothing as dramatic as Snowden asking for asylum in this excuse for a country (on that note: China, Edward? Really? You don’t get out much, do you? What’s next? Iran?), but rather the fact that earlier today the Slovenian foreign ministry summoned the outgoing US ambassador Joseph A. Mussomeli and said the US has some ‘splainin’ to do, since Slovenia is presumed to be on the “Bugged Allies” list.
Joseph A. Mussomeli (source: The Firm™)
Now, what is amazing here, is not the summon itself, but the fact that the great Ambassador Mussomeli, the kingmaker himself had to appear in front of a lowly senior public servant and hear what he had to say. You see, Mussomeli, who is preparing to be rotated out of Slovenia to a different post, was (still is) very much a felt presence in the Slovenian political arena. Often curiously outspoken for a top diplomat, he did not mince words and had plenty of not very nice things to say about Slovenian transition period, state ownership and the political left in general. Or, to put it another way, he was the best foreign asset Janez Janša had on the ground.
It has been said that the rest of the diplomatic core in Ljubljana was quite baffled by actions of their American colleague on several occasions. In fact, it was a more or less public secret that Mussomeli played at least a small but influential role in forming the government after 2011 parliamentary elections when, after much wrangling, Janez Janša took power, only to be ousted by a no-confidence vote a year later. However, it should also be noted, that Slovenian politicians (with a few notable exceptions) generally flocked to Mussomeli and proved themselves to be more than eager to talk to the man. Usually that meant bad-mouthing competition, but hey. At least, the CIA station chief was kept happy.
You see, PRISM is totally useless in Slovenia. If you’re the US ambassador to this sorry little place, most of the indigenous politicians will tell you everything you want to know over lunch and then the dumb bastards will go on and brag about it.
Sorry, Edward. PRISM doesn’t scare us. We got that shit covered long ago.