In the call, the U.S. diplomat, assistant secretary of state for European affairs Victoria Nuland, can be heard saying “Fuck the EU” to U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.
The “undiplomatic” language of the high-level official made headlines on Thursday after the recording of the conversation between the two diplomats was posted online. But the controversy deepened on Friday as new questions were being asked about the origin of the recording, the role of U.S. “meddling” in the ongoing political strife in Ukraine, and the fact that the U.S. may have become victim of the same kind of surveillance techniques that the NSA—as exposed in leaks by whisteblower Edward Snowden—have been hard at work perfecting.
That last irony was not lost on many who took to Twitter over the last twenty-four hours:
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