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Germany and France demand talks with US over NSA spying revelations

Posted By admin On October 25, 2013 @ 5:28 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Sam Jones, James Ball
London Guardian [1]
October 25, 2013

The French and German governments have demanded talks with the US by the end of the year as the row over the spying activities of the US National Security [2] Agency intensifies.

Their calls follow reports that the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, had her phone monitored by the NSA [3] and reports that the agency eavesdropped on calls made by members of the French administration [4].

The revelations are threatening to create a major rift between the US and its European allies. The former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme that such activities had to be curtailled. “There is no reason to spy on Angela Merkel [5]. It’s a real scandal,” he said. “A new agreement is needed between the EU and the US; this cannot continue.

Others, however, were less shocked by recent reports. “I can’t believe anyone is terribly surprised,” Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to Nato, told the same programme. Volker said every government tried to collect the best possible information, adding: “As a government official for many years I assumed that my cellphone and email account were susceptible to spying.”

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/25/nsa-spying-rift-us-europe-angela-merkel

[2] US National Security: http://www.theguardian.com/world/us-national-security

[3] reports that the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, had her phone monitored by the NSA: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/us-monitored-angela-merkel-german

[4] reports that the agency eavesdropped on calls made by members of the French administration: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/21/us-french-surveillance-legitimate-questions

[5] Angela Merkel: http://www.theguardian.com/world/angela-merkel

[6] US and Germany to enter no-spying agreement, German government says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-and-germany-to-enter-no-spying-agreement-german-government-says.html

[7] Germany dampens hopes as France warns of euro ‘explosion’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/germany-dampens-hopes-as-france-warns-of-euro-explosion.html

[8] Germany, France push for ‘fiscal union’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/germany-france-push-for-%e2%80%98fiscal-union%e2%80%99.html

[9] Now Germany Wants Its Own Internet In NSA Spying Wake: http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-germany-wants-its-own-internet-in-nsa-spying-wake.html

[10] ‘Unacceptable and shocking’: France demands explanation for NSA spying: http://www.prisonplanet.com/unacceptable-and-shocking-france-demands-explanation-for-nsa-spying.html

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