European Parliament members visit U.S. lawmakers on alleged surveillance
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 02:03
Oct. 28 - Members of the European Parliament visited lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol to discuss allegations of widespread surveillance programs by U.S. intelligence agencies the same day Spain summoned the U.S. ambassador to discuss allegations of spying on Spanish citizens. Sarah Irwin reports.
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Members of the European Parliament visit Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers about allegations of widespread spying by the U.S. on its allies.
European Parliament Member Teresa Jimenez-Becerril Barrio from Spain.
SOUNDBITE: European Parliament Member Teresa Jimenez-Becerril Barrio from Spain
"I think we came here with a good will and also with a strong message of our citizens, saying that we don't accept this."
The latest accusation... a Spanish newspaper reports the U.S. National Security Agency tracked over 60 million phone calls in Spain in a month -- citing a document which it said stemmed from ex-N.S.A. contractor Edward Snowden.
Madrid's Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to Spain but stopped short of joining Germany - who has called for the EU to reach a "no spy deal."
Axel Voss is a German member of the European Parliamentary delegation visiting Washington.
SOUNDBITE: European Parliament Member Axel Voss from Germany
"There's a big discussion, a deep disappointment and of course we are not considering our chancellor as a terrorist and so therefore I would say they have to think about or to reconsider what data they really are interested in."
Recently, reports emerged the U.S. had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone - for more than 10 years - and had conducted widespread surveillance on France and Italy.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney admitted changes were in order.
SOUNDBITE: White House Spokesman Jay Carney
"We recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence."
The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday the N.S.A. ended its program monitoring Merkel after the operation was uncovered last summer. The report said the program involved the monitoring of possibly 35 world leaders - some who are still under surveillance.
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