Berlin, October 24 (RHC)-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called U.S. President Barack Obama after learning that the U.S. National Security Agency, the NSA, was reportedly spying on her. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the German leader "made clear that she unequivocally disapproves of such practices, should they be confirmed, and regards them as completely unacceptable."
The statement, issued in Berlin, said that Merkel demanded "an immediate and comprehensive explanation" from the Obama administration. The espionage conducted by Washington against Berlin and its other friends and allies constitute "a grave breach of trust" and "such practices must cease immediately.”
Later in the day, the White House issued a statement confirming that Obama and Merkel had spoken on Wednesday “regarding allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the communications of the German chancellor." The U.S. president claimed that the United States “is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel.”
Germany, France and several other countries have expressed concerns about U.S. spying after U.S. surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed classified information about Washington's surveillance programs.
Snowden, a former CIA employee, leaked two top secret U.S. government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple and Microsoft. The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about its espionage activities targeting friendly countries.
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