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Germany demands explanation from the US regarding possible tapping of Merkel’s cellphone

October 23, 2013, 22:44 UTC+3

Chancellor Merkel asks the White House to give immediate and full explanation

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AP Photo/ Markus Schreiber

AP Photo/ Markus Schreiber

BERLIN, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - The German government has obtained the information that German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone was wiretapped by the U.S. security services. Following these findings, Merkel asked the White House “to give immediate and full explanation,” spokesman for the German government Steffen Seibert said Wednesday.

Source of the information was not reported.

U.S. may spy on European allies

According to available information, Merkel already had a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama on this issue. “The Chancellor put it clearly that if this information is proven true, she does not approve such action and finds it absolutely unacceptable,” Seibert said.

Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, has officially announced that the NSA has not spied on Germany’s Chancellor through her phone.

Earlier this week, a similar scandal erupted over alleged spying on French officials and citizensSpeaking on air at the Europe 1 radio station, France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls called information regarding mass wiretapping of the National Surveillance Agency of French citizens “shocking.”

U.S. neighbors

U.S. relations with its southern neighbors have also been compromised due to leaks regarding NSA activity. 

“The Mexican government strongly condemns the spying practice over communication tools and internet activity of the country’s state agencies and its citizens,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It added that such cases were completely unacceptable, unlawful and contrary to international legislation.

Previosuly,  Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil has postponed her official visit to the U.S. which was initially scheduled for October 23, over allegations of American digital espionage.

More to come

This Tuesday, Former Guardian newspaper journalist Glenn Greenwald, who released data from U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive Edward Snowden, told the Inter American Press Association (Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa) in Denver, Colorado that he was preparing new revelations of U.S. surveillance activity.

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