It is fascinating to look for the reflections of truth among the lies and the misdirection. Could it be that the global ‘outrage’ over spying/surveillance really IS just theater? If two of the largest producers of oil in the world were to try to seek a path towards new alliance and alignment that directly violates the existing 'world order' (such as it is), would they simply state they are sitting down to hammer out the details of the deal?
The distancing from the US we are seeing around the world must be done as carefully as possible, a cornered, wounded giant can be extremely dangerous. Pretexts and excuses must be found to slowly, gradually gain distance (before breaking into a full evasive sprint). Of course, it is easy to fall prey to paranoid speculation, and always difficult to try to unravel who is spinning which yarn, and why -- but naturally I try anyway.