WASHINGTON Oct 29 President Barack Obama may
ban U.S. spying on allied leaders as part of a review of
intelligence gathering, a senior Obama administration official
said on Tuesday amid a diplomatic uproar over the National
Security Agency's surveillance ability.
A week after reports surfaced that the eavesdropping
extended to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone,
Obama is under pressure to take steps to reassure Americans and
A senior administration official said the United States has
made some individual changes in eavesdropping practices but as
yet had not made across-the-broad policy changes such as ending
intelligence collection that might be aimed at allies.
The official said the White House is considering a ban on
intelligence collection aimed at allied leaders. A White House
review that Obama ordered after NSA documents were made public
by former contractor Edward Snowden is expected to be completed
by year's end.
Obama has come under fierce criticism abroad over
allegations the NSA tapped Merkel's mobile phone and conducted
widespread electronic snooping in France, Italy, Spain and
At least some of the spying appeared to have been done
without Obama's knowledge.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who
leads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Monday that her
committee will conduct a major review of all intelligence