NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts | World news | The Guardian

The revelation is set to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies, after the German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused the US of tapping her mobile phone.After Merkels allegations became public, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement that said the US \”is not monitoring and will not monitor\” the German chancellors communications. But that failed to quell the row, as officials in Berlin quickly pointed out that the US did not deny monitoring the phone in the past.Arriving in Brussels for an EU summit Merkel accused the US of a breach of trust. \”We need to have trust in our allies and partners, and this must now be established once again. I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable against anyone, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.\”The NSA memo obtained by the Guardian suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders – and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so.The memo, dated October 2006 and which was issued to staff in the agencys Signals Intelligence Directorate SID, was titled \”Customers Can Help SID Obtain Targetable Phone Numbers\”.

via NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts | World news | The Guardian.

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