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Obama Tells German Leader US Is Not Monitoring Her Cellphone

FILE - President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.
FILE - President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.
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U.S. President Barack Obama has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor her communications.

Obama spoke Wednesday with Merkel by telephone regarding allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her cellphone calls.

A White House statement said both leaders agreed to intensify their intelligence cooperation to protect the security of both countries and their allies, and the privacy of their citizens.

A statement from Merkel's spokesman said she made clear to Obama that "she views such practices... as completely unacceptable and condemns them unequivocally."

The Obama administration has been denying news reports about U.S. intelligence activities, as it faces a firestorm of criticism over new revelations that it has spied on its allies. Those reports stem from secret documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is living in Russia.

Obama has ordered a review of the way U.S. intelligence is gathered, in an effort the White House says is intended to ensure a proper balance of security concerns and privacy concerns.

Merkel had raised concerns about the electronic eavesdropping issue when Obama visited Germany in June, and has demanded answers from the U.S. government and backed calls for greater European data protection.  

French President Francois Hollande is pressing for the U.S. spying issue to be put on the agenda of a European leaders summit starting Thursday.

U.S. intelligence director James Clapper issued a statement Tuesday saying  the intelligence gathered by the United States is the type "gathered by all nations" as part of their efforts to combat terrorism and other threats.

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by: INSIDER from: USA
October 24, 2013 12:03 PM
People wake up and get an ENCRYPTION PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by: Dave from: Sydney, Australia
October 23, 2013 6:16 PM
Even as far away as Australia everyone knows that Obama is one of the least trustworty presidents the USA has ever had.

He lies about Gitmo, he lies about the civilian drone deaths, he lies about the NSA surveillance, etc etc. When someone like Manning, Snowden or Assange proves he a liar, he will pursue them to the end of the earth to silence. In a nutshell, the current leader of the free world is a sociopath.

No-one should ever trust the word of a sociopath.

by: Anonymous
October 23, 2013 11:54 AM
Audacity of hope means to hope to change everything good and replace them with everything bad in so as change is the keyword.

by: D C from: USA
October 23, 2013 10:30 AM
Inaccurate? Perhaps there were only 69.9, not 70, million message

by: Ramnarayan from: Florida, USA
October 23, 2013 8:02 AM
Sure, the administration will deny. They don't have a track record of trust. Nobody can believe them. Of course the Europeans have allowed this to happen, when it suited them. They also need to learn to take responsibility. As long as the governments take the end justifies attitude, such spying is not going to go away.

by: Curly from: USA
October 23, 2013 7:31 AM
I thought that Obama was going to increase the esteem of the US in the eyes of other nations. It appears that he has done the very reverse. The US is more hated to day on the international seen than any time in the past. Even the friend (now ex) Brazil has turned to Russia to buy military equipment and China is making great inroads in South America and in Africa. Even Canada is less friendly to the US than it has ever been.

by: Steve Nolan
October 23, 2013 6:35 AM
United States government is doing what it does best spy and denie.

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