I am amazed at the current steady flow of intercepted phone calls that are leaked in some form or shape. Take the phone calls of the Turkish prime minister, the leaked phone call of the US diplomat who found quite strong words for the foreign politics of the EU or the phone call between the EU foreign representative and the Estonian foreign secretary discussing the situation in the Ukraine as prime examples. What few reports are asking is who intercepted those calls, who might have leaked them and what was their motive in doing so? Leaving the political questions aside in this post I think it is save to assume the majority of those phone calls were not lucky intercepts by a teenager but the work of professionals in the employment of one state or another. Also, I think it's a safe assumption that these leaks are just the peak of the ice berg. A nice thing of leaked phone calls is that they litterally speak for themselves compared to documents who's authenticity is much harder to prove to the public.
In the meantime it must dawn on most politicians that they simply have to assume that the majority of their calls are intercepted and recorded if no end-to-end encryption is used. Not that they don't want to use devices that offer end-to-end encrypted calls but from what I can tell they are still cumbersome to use and interoperability between devices of different makers is virtually non-existent. But perhaps this constant flow of leaked phone calls will trigger people to rethink their position and create a bigger demand for interoperable and easy to use devices and applications for end-to-end encrypted calls that are not only affordable for them but for the general public as well. I for one would welcome it as I think it's not only politicians who in the meantime have no privacy anymore when making a phone call.