German Chancellor Calls Obama Over Suspicion NSA Monitored Her, Carney Rebuts Claim
The NSA surveillance stories may have receded over the past few weeks, but foreign leaders are still incredibly disturbed by the scope of the surveillance, and yesterday German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke directly with President Obama over claims that the National Security Agency directly eavesdropped on her personal cell phone.
Germany was already outraged at the NSA revelations, particularly when it came out that U.S. intelligence was spying on European Union missions and embassies, and they may have been far more scandalous there than in the U.S., so this latest one is merely the icing on the cake of outrage.
Merkel said today that she spoke to Obama about how it’s “never acceptable” to eavesdrop on one’s friends, no matter what national security justifications you may have for it.
“We need trust, and now the trust has to be reestablished,” she said. “Spying among friends is never acceptable.
“Now we have to discuss what sort of data protection do we need and what sort transparency is there,” she added.
For his part, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney deferred on the issue during Thursday’s press briefing, saying Obama told her that “the United States is not and will not monitor her communications,” though refused to comment further on “specific allegations about intelligence matters.
Watch Carney’s comments below, via C-SPAN 3:
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