U.S. officials responded Sunday night to a report that the National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders only after an internal Obama administration review started this summer exposed the operation.
An unnamed senior official told The Wall Street Journal that the White House “cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet.”
The NSC issued a statement late Sunday noting that the administration is reviewing the spy program, but it did not address the specifics of the Journal story. [Read the full article]
Spain summons U.S. ambassador over spying | Chicago Tribune
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday to discuss allegations of spying on Spanish citizens that it said could break the climate of trust between the two countries if proved true.
Earlier, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo said the NSA had recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. [Read the full article]
US on Spying Scandal: ‘Allies Aren’t Always Friends’ | Spiegel
Jon Stewart knows how to twist the knife. “So you guys are all upset we’re spying on you,” America’s most popular TV satirist told an imaginary European audience. “But I just have one question: Have you met us? Meddling in your affairs for our national self-interest is kind of our thing.”
That’s no joke — especially not this week when the tremors of the alleged US surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel will finally reach Washington. A German intelligence service delegation is traveling to the US capital to find answers to the array of question this scandal has thrown up. [Read the full article]
Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows ‘Institutional Obsession’ | truthdig
As a delegation of French and German lawmakers press in Washington for answers to allegations of U.S. spying in their home countries, the journalist who spearheaded reporting on the leaked documents that led to those disclosures comments on the NSA’s goal to “eliminate privacy worldwide.”
“There have been a series of reports,” Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald said on “Democracy Now!” on Monday, “in Germany, really over the last three months, mostly co-authored by Laura Poitras, the American filmmaker with whom I’ve been working on the Snowden story from the start, about systematic and bulk spying on the people of Germany, and, more recently, targeting the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, that has caused a very significant political controversy and underscoring the principal point—is what these stories do—which is that it really is the goal of the NSA, as I’ve said many times before, to eliminate privacy worldwide by ensuring that all forms of human electronic communication are subject to its ever-growing surveillance net.” [Read the full article]
All the Chancellor’s Phones | The Atlantic
BERLIN– German magazine Der Spiegel reported last week, citing documents from Edward Snowden, that a mobile phone used by Chancellor Angela Merkel may have been hacked into by the United States National Security Agency.
German media reported that from 2009 until this past summer, Merkel had been using a Nokia 6260 Slide (really) for business related to her Christian Democratic party, and that this phone was reportedly compromised. [Read the full article]
- Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer | CNN
- Obama ‘knew and approved’ NSA spying on Chancellor Merkel – report | RT
- Vkontakte’s Pavel Durov: “Big Brother”-Like Surveillance Can Be Conquered By Technology | TechCrunch
- NSA, CIA spy on German officials from US embassy — report | cnet
- Spain summons U.S. ambassador over spying | Reuters
- 10 Photos From ‘Stop Watching Us,’ the Anti-Surveillance Rally | The Atlantic
- U.S. charges Briton with hacking into military, other networks | Reuters
- White House: NSA intelligence-gathering may require additional constraints | RT