The Spanish National Intelligence Center is, by its own admission, tasked with:
Providing the Prime Minister and the Government of Spain with information, analysis, studies or proposals that allow for the prevention and avoidance of any danger, threat or aggression against the independence or territorial integrity of Spain, its national interests and the stability of its institutions and the rule of law.
Der Spiegel reports that, as part of that mission, the agency is now investigating whether what it terms the “Anglo-Saxon media” (or English-language press) is conspiring to undermine the Spanish economy as part of its reporting on the potential downstream results of a Greek default. Although Spain isn’t facing the same debt crisis as Greece, it does have 19 percent unemployment, an over-reliance on construction for GDP growth and, reportedly, a mass of government debts not unlike Greece.
Citing unnamed sources, El Pais said the National Intelligence Center (CNI) was investigating “whether investors’ attacks and the aggressiveness of some Anglo-Saxon media are driven by market forces and challenges facing the Spanish economy, or whether there is something more behind this campaign.”
The Financial Times and The Economist are considered particularly critical of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s economic policies, and last week, Infrastructure Minister Jose Blanco all but specifically accused those publications of fomenting concern about Spain’s financial stability to allow others to profit. But last year, when John McCain called Zapatero someone who would “want to harm the United States,” no such investigations were started. Perhaps rather than investigating McCain, the Spanish decided to learn a lesson from his running mate and accuse the media of causing all their problems.
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