It seems that one does not dick around with a country whose football team just beat Brazil 7-1:
Diplomatic relations between Germany and the US plunged to a new low after Angela Merkel's government asked the top representative of America's secret services in Germany to leave the country.
Given that Germany has assumed de-facto political leadership of Europe I can sort of understand why it has become an intelligence target. Without getting all fourth reichy about it, I'd quite like to know what Germany plans to make of its new eminence.
But you get that kind of intelligence the old-fashioned diplomatic way; by getting prominent Germans mildly drunk in a confidential setting and asking them. I'm sure conservative Germans in particular would be pleased to drone on at great length to their attentive American friends about the constructive role Germany intends to play, etc, etc.
I notice that the current US ambassador to Germany seems to have got the job because he funnelled a lot of money Obama's way and I wonder if the trend to appoint campaign donors rather than professional diplomats to major Embassies may be a contributing factor to snafus like this. For one thing, they're less likely to know what's actually going on in their own mission. For another, they are less likely to have any specific knowledge of the country they're posted in or have experience in leading a classic open source diplomatic intelligance gathering effort. Instead of finding someone who could talk to the Germans and listen to them, Obama rewarded a donor. Instead of gaining inside knowledge by generating a rapport with informed local actors, they hired some local doofus to spy for them and bugged the Chancellor's phone.