The first victim of the NSA eavesdropping scandal was the credibility of the European Union.

As the scandal broke, European leaders were nowhere to be found. Commissioner Neelie Kroes, whose digital Agenda including privacy, cloud storage and ‘the right to be forgotten’ would be affected was invisible.

Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's diary was empty, as was Vice-President Viviane Reding, whose entire cabinet had gone incommunicado.

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