Obama assures Germany's Merkel U.S. not monitoring her communications: White House

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:25pm EDT

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel sits in her limousine as she leaves the first round of coalition talks between Germany's conservative (CDU/CSU) parties and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel sits in her limousine as she leaves the first round of coalition talks between Germany's conservative (CDU/CSU) parties and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin October 23, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Merkel spoke on the phone about German fears that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on her.

Carney, asked about the allegation that the NSA had monitored her cell phone conversations, said Obama assured Merkel that "the United States is not monitoring the communications of the chancellor."

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (6)
sjfella wrote:
He’s spying on everyone else on the planet but not her? Yeah right.

Oct 23, 2013 2:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
colin1000 wrote:
“the United States is not monitoring the communications of the chancellor.”
A meaningful reply would have been “the United States is not and has not been monitoring the communications of the chancellor.”
More worthless words from the U.S.

Oct 23, 2013 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeSchmoe123 wrote:
Such a comfort to know Merkel used the phone to ask if the phone is bugged.

Oct 23, 2013 2:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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