U.S. Officials Claim Allies’ Phone Records Collected by European Intelligence, Not NSA

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. officials now claim that it was European intelligence services, not the National Security Agency, that collected phone records from U.S. allies abroad. According to the officials, France and Spain collected phone records themselves, then shared the data with the NSA. The paper broke the story on its Twitter account early Tuesday afternoon:

The uproar over the new NSA revelations began late last week when German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama directly to discuss claims that the NSA had eavesdropped on her personal cell phone.

Read the full Wall Street Journal report here.

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