Angela Merkel calls Obama about phone hacking suspicions
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 01:35
Oct. 23 - White House Spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. ''is not monitoring and will not monitor'' the communications of the German chancellor, but didn't comment on whether it had in the past. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Did the U.S. hack into German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone? The German government says there are signs they did, and on Wednesday --- Merkel called to demand answers from White House.
Press Secretary Jay Carney.
SOUNDBITE: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Saying:
"All I can tell you is what the President told the Chancellor - the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the Chancellor. As we've said in the past, we gather foreign intelligence just like similar agencies of other countries. But we are working to, as the President has said, to review the way we gather intelligence to ensure that we properly balance both the security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that everyone shares."
Carney underscored the close relations between the two nations.
In a statement about the conversation, Germany seemed to suggest it wasn't satisfied with the U.S.' response. The Chancellor's spokesperson also added that they would see any sort of monitoring as a "grave breech of trust."
This isn't the first diplomatic dustup since it was revealed that the U.S. has a vast monitoring program in place.
French President Francois Hollande is calling for the U.S.' monitoring program --- code-named Prism -- to be a key topic at a meeting of European leaders. And this past summer, Moscow granted asylum to the Edward Snowden, the former U.S. contractor who revealed its existence.
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