This is an interesting story that has yet to be covered by any American news outlets as far as I can find. Carter was in Atlanta for a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” which is where these comments were made.
I apologize for some of the odd words but I had to rely on my computer translating a German publication in order to get these comments in the first place.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in the wake of the NSA Spähskandals criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.
Previously, the Democrat had been very critical of the practices of U.S. intelligence. “I think the invasion of privacy has gone too far,” Carter told CNN. “And I think that is why the secrecy was excessive.” Overlooking the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Carter, whose revelations were long “likely to be useful because they inform the public.”
If you’re looking for coverage of this you better hope the browser you’re using has a translation function because so far, the only coverage I’ve been able to find of these statements are on Spiegel Online, a German publication.