Merkel calls Obama about report of U.S. monitoring her cell phone
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Barack Obama on Wednesday to ask about a report that the United States may have snooped on her cell phone, both governments said.
Merkel said the report, by the German magazine Der Spiegel, would be “a serious breach of trust” if true, the Associated Press reports. Obama told Merkel the U.S. is not monitoring her communications, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
“The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges,” Carney told reporters at the White House. “The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor.”
Der Spiegel based its report on documents from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Reports of U.S. government spying based on documents from Snowden have angered angered allies in both Europe and South America.
Germany has received information that US intelligence may be spying on the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called President Barack Obama to protest, her spokesman said Wednesday.
The White House did not deny that US spies eavesdropped on her cellphone in the past but said Obama had assured Merkel that “the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications.
Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement that in her talk with Obama, Merkel “made clear that she unequivocally disapproves of such practices, should they be confirmed, and regards them as completely unacceptable”.
She had demanded “an immediate and comprehensive explanation” from Washington, the statement said.
“Among close friends and partners, as the Federal Republic of Germany and the US have been for decades, there should be no such monitoring of the communications of a head of government,” the statement added, indirectly citing Merkel’s comments to Obama.
“This would be a serious breach of trust.”
“Such practices must be stopped immediately,” the German chancellor told Obama, the statement said.
angela..you of all people shouldn’t be surprised..its exactly what you do and what you have received in the past..did you think the USA wouldn’t target you as well? lol?