When we found out that Obama was tapping Angela Merkel's phone I knew it was just a matter of time before he played the but-Bush-did-it-too card:
Der Spiegel said Merkel's mobile telephone had been listed by the NSA's Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002 - marked as "GE Chancellor Merkel" - and was still on the list weeks before Obama visited Berlin in June.One problem though. Angela Merkel wasn't chancellor in 2002. She didn't become chancellor until 2005. So at the very least, the SCS document is not from 2002. Is it even accurate?
You can't conclude that the White House leaked this new information, but you can bet they aren't going to be going after this new leaker with a vengeance. They're are two types of leaks: Those that help the president; and those that must be stopped.