Spies Betray Obama

Spooks throw Obama under the bus: He knew about Merkel spying since 2010

An anonymous “US intelligence source” told a German newspaper that Obama had been briefed on the fact that the NSA had tapped German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone in 2010, and that he’d personally let it go. Expect a lot more of this, as spooks who are sick of being kicked around for conducting the spying that high-ranking administration officials had been delighted to green-light start to whisper the names of their collaborators in government.

Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010.

“Obama did not halt the operation but rather let it continue,” the newspaper quoted a high-ranking NSA official as saying.

News weekly Der Spiegel reported that leaked NSA documents showed that Merkel’s phone had appeared on a list of spying targets since 2002, and was still under surveillance shortly before Obama visited Berlin in June.

 

Key Terms…
  • Spooks ↔ Espiões (gíria)
  • throw Obama under the bus ↔ traíram/abandonaram Obama
  • spying ↔ espionagem
  • had been briefed ↔ havia sido informado
  • tapped ↔ grampado
  • let it go ↔ permetiu (não agir)
  • sick of ↔ saco cheio de, farto de
  • kicked around ↔ não apreciado, tratado mal
  • conducting ↔ fazer, realizar
  • high – ranking ↔ de alto nível, maior
  • delighted ↔ encantado
  • green – light ↔ dar carta branca, permissão
  • whisper ↔ sussurrar
  • quoted ↔ citou
  • chief ↔ chefe
  • did not halt ↔ não parou
  • leaked ↔ vaziado
  • spying targets ↔ alvos de espionagem
  • under surveillance ↔ sob vigilância
  • shortly before ↔ pouco antes

 

throw Obama under the bus traíram/abandonaram Obama
throw under the bus: To betray or blame; as a scapegoat or otherwise for personal gain.
“I got thrown under the bus by BAE,” she says. “They did not want to take responsibility, so they pointed at us.”
Stop trying to throw Godrey under the bus for your mistakes.  
had been briefed havia sido informado
But first Nigel wanted to be briefed on their next mission.
O Parlamento Europeu será regularmente informado pela Comissão sobre os trabalhos do comité. ↔The European Parliament shall be briefed on a regular basis by the Commission about the work of the committee.
tapped grampado
Crane said federal investigators had tapped Guerra’s phone lines.  
The conspiracy case relied on the tapped phone calls.  
A quadrilha grampeava as empresas nas quais iriam aplicar o golpe ↔The cohorts bugged the companies they planned on bamboozling.
let it go permetiu (não agir)
For instance, if somebody accidentally cuts you off in traffic, just let it go.  
If someone grabs your bag, let it go as safety is more important than property.  
sick of saco cheio de, farto de
I’m sick of English. ↔Estou cheio do inglês.
I am sick of them all. ↔Estou farto de todos eles.
He was sick of his job. ↔Ele estava farto de seu trabalho.
I’m sick of listening to your complaints. ↔Estou cansado de ouvir suas reclamações.
kicked around não apreciado, tratado mal
I finally quit my job. My boss wouldn’t stop kicking me around.
conducting fazer, realizar
tour guiado ↔conducted tour
Se os professores que conduzem um curso não falam fluentemente o idioma local, haverá intérpretes para auxiliar. ↔If the teachers conducting a course do not speak the local language fluently, interpreters will be there to help.
high – ranking de alto nível, maior
agente de campo de alta patente ↔high ranking field officer (cargo mais alto, diretor = head position)
a cerimónia oficial, com a participação de vários políticos em posições de destaque ↔the official ceremony, attended by a number of high-ranking politicians
delighted encantado
Her delight consists of teaching children. ↔Seu prazer consiste em ensinar crianças.
Grandmother takes great delight in watching television. ↔A avó gosta muito de ver televisão.
He was sitting there, delighted with my failure. ↔Ele estava sentado lá, deliciando-se com o meu fracasso.
green – light dar carta branca, permissão
He got the green light to raise money from investors and make those investments.  
Currently, the President has the power to green light the project and he hasn’t.  
quoted citou
Não cite o meu nome ↔Don’t quote me.
It’s a quote from the book. ↔É uma citação do livro.
Don’t quote me on this. ↔Não diga que fui eu quem disse.
Can you quote a line of Hamlet? ↔Você é capaz de citar um verso do Hamlet?
did not halt não parou
The strike brought the city to a halt. ↔A greve parou a cidade.
Como é que travamos a perda de biodiversidade? ↔How do we halt the loss of biodiversity?
Ou será que o desenvolvimento tecnológico empacou? ↔Has technological development come to a halt?
leaked vaziado
No início de maio, uma faixa inédita Kelly Clarkson vazou na Internet. ↔In early May, an unreleased Kelly Clarkson track leaked on the Internet.
Não tenho conhecimento de nenhum caso em que um Provedor de Justiça tenha permitido a fuga de documentos. ↔I am not aware of any case in which an ombudsman has leaked documents.
under surveillance sob vigilância
Um povo enamorado da liberdade tornou-se um povo vigiado e abafado. ↔People eager for freedom have been transformed into people under surveillance and unable to speak freely.

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