- 23 Oct 2013 at 6:26 PM
Germany said it believed that U.S. intelligence agencies may be spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, an intrusion that it said would constitute a “grave breach of trust” between the longtime allies. Ms. Merkel called President Barack Obama on Wednesday and made clear that such surveillance among allies would be “fully unacceptable,” her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement released late Wednesday in Berlin…The White House said Mr. Obama assured Ms. Merkel in a call Wednesday that the United States “is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel.” “The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said…Ms. Merkel sends text messages frequently, sometimes in public. [WSJ]
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