Germany summons U.S. ambassador over Merkel phone tapping

BERLIN Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:52am EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg, in this September 6, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg, in this September 6, 2013 file photo.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Foreign Minister has summoned the United States' ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, to discuss information obtained by Berlin that the U.S. may have monitored Angela Merkel's mobile phone, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

The move comes a day after Merkel called President Barack Obama to demand immediate clarification and told him if such surveillance had taken place it amounted to a "grave breach of trust".

(Reporting by Thorsten Severin; writing by Alexandra Hudson)

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Rhino1 wrote:
ÔÇťAngie, I heard you called Mr Obama and asked hime whether they are spying on you. From what I understand he said something like “We are not spying on you, Mrs Merkel.”

Are you telling me that it is not in your power to figure out for yourself whether another nation is spying on you?

Do you really trust people who are running concentration camps? (see Guantanamo)

Oct 24, 2013 5:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Truth_Teller wrote:
Act like a pantywaist around our enemies like Putin and spy on our up standing allies like Merkel. That’s a brilliant foreign policy! What do we expect from a guy than has never so much as run a sandwich shop. Oh I forgot, we expect him to fix our nations healthcare disaster…

Oct 24, 2013 5:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:
Chancellor Merkel is acting like she has something to fear, so she must have something to hide.
She is guilty of something, we just don’t know what, so the FISA court has ordered she wear a 24/7 video/audio monitoring necklace collar.
Anything Russia could do with East Germans, America can do better.

Oct 24, 2013 5:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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