"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Following revelations based on Edward Snowden’s leaks that the NSA had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls, President Obama tried to assure the ally leader. The U.S. “is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of chancellor Merkel,” Obama said (notably leaving room for the U.S. having spied on Merkel in the past).
Yet, as the Guardian reported Tuesday, the U.S. is allegedly refusing to sign a “no-spy” deal with Germany and has refused to rule out potentially tapping the phones of German political leaders. This, despite the diplomatic firestorm that followed the NSA revelation three months ago.
The Guardian reported:
Initial hopes in Germany that the U.S. would enter into some kind of non-spying pact similar to the one between America and Britain have been dashed, according to information obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
“We are not getting anything,” the newspaper quotes a source from within the German foreign intelligence agency. “The Americans have lied to us,” said another source.
As well as refusing to inform German authorities of when the NSA had been bugging the chancellor’s mobile phone, the US is not commenting on plans for current or future surveillance activities in relation to German political leaders.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com.More Natasha Lennard.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)