According to an Oct. 24 report on MSN.com, German Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned President Obama to discuss whether the United States was monitoring her cell phone conversations. Merkel made it very plain to Obama that such actions, if confirmed, were not acceptable.
The German officials had received information that U.S. intelligence might be doing just that, and the German news magazine Der Spiegel claimed their reporting had prompted the unhappy inquiry. Der Spiegel had previously reported information released by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
The Obama Administration made a public statement regarding the accusations in which they carefully parsed their words.
"The president assured the chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges."
It is most noticeable that the White House response did not state that the United States had never monitored the mobile telephone communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to WJLA.com, the German Foreign Ministry is scheduled to meet with U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson on Thursday afternoon to clearly state the German government's position on this issue.
Chancellor Merkel had already expressed concern over the United States' intelligence-gathering around the world when President Obama visited Germany in June. Since the NSA activities have begun to be uncovered, various other U.S. allies have expressed similar concerns. U.S. officials are supposedly looking into the practices of the intelligence community around the world.
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