NOT SNOOPING ON YOU–A RED-FACED OBAMA ASSURES MERKEL

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BEHIND CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Obama with Merkel during his recent visit to Germany
BEHIND CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Obama with Merkel during his recent visit to Germany

AFTER FRANCE AND MEXICO, GERMANY PROTESTS TO WASHINGTON OVER ‘MONITORING’  

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 – US President Barack Obama has assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the US “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications, said the White House.

According to a White House statement released on Wednesday, Obama and Merkel spoke over phone about the latest allegations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted communications of the German Chancellor, reports Xinhua.

“The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges,” said the White House in the statement. It said the US government is reviewing its intelligence-gathering to ensure a balance between security and privacy, it added.

In the latest of international diplomatic storm over the US government spying on both its friends and foes, the German government said in a statement on Wednesday that it has received information that US intelligence is spying on the mobile communications of Chancellor Merkel.

Chancellor Merkel called President Obama and stressed that she views such practices, if confirmed, as “completely unacceptable”, said the statement issued by the German government.

Merkel is the latest US ally to express concern about the NSA’s intelligence surveillance program, following French President Francois Hollande’s complaint earlier this week about spying on French citizens.–IANS

 

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