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Folllow-up: NSA monitoring of German Chancellor cell phone use
The White House is doing more damage control as new reports from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden detail how the U.S. was spying on its closest allies.
The revelations have created a crisis in confidence with some of America's biggest trading partners, like Brazil and Mexico.
She's one of the most powerful leaders in the world - so it's no surprise that German Chancellor Angela Merkel spends a lot of her time on the phone time she assumed was private.
But now an accusation that's sending shockwaves around the world.
German officials said yesterday they "received information that the Chancellor's cellphone may be monitored by American intelligence."
President Obama wasted no time - he called Merkel almost immediately. 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."
Is not monitoring and will not monitor? A very curious choice of words from the White House spokesman who didn't say anything about the possibility of past monitoring.
Germany's Foreign Minister has demanded a meeting with the US Ambassador in Berlin today.
This uproar comes just days after reports that the NSA swept up more than 70 million phone calls in France in just a month. The US has called that misleading.
And investigations have been launched in Mexico and Brazil after reports that high ranking officials there were also electronically monitored by the NSA.
The spying reports all stem from information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Close it's of course reciprocal - other nations are certainly spying on the US but these details going public is a major embarrassment to the Obama administration.