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Is it appropriate for countries to gather intelligence from their allies and friends?

Asked at Vermont Street on March 1, 2004

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“I think if they’re mutually agreed it’s inappropriate, then it is inappropriate. You’re supposed to be working together and that would be counterproductive.”

“I think we’ve been gathering intelligence on our friends for a long time. Not just the United States, but Britain and many others. It seems to be the accepted norm, whether it’s OK or not.”

“It’s not really OK. I don’t think it’s a very good way for nations to relate to each other.”

“No. It just seems like there should be trust, since they are supposed to be allies.”

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