U.S. may have tapped German chancellor's phone
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday after the German government found evidence that the U.S. may have been monitoring Merkel's cell phone.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president sought to assure Merkel that the U.S. is not monitoring and will not monitor her mobile communications.
"All I can tell you is what the president told the chancellor. The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor. As we've said in the past, we gather foreign intelligence just like similar agencies of other countries."
Despite the U.S. assurance, Merkel made clear to Obama that if the information proved to be true, it would be completely unacceptable and would constitute a "grave breach of trust" between the two nations.
In a related development, French President Francois Hollande is demanding that the U.S. spying issue be discussed at a summit of European leaders that starts Thursday.
He had called Obama earlier this week after France's Le Monde newspaper raised allegations that the NSA had intercepted tens of millions of phone calls in France in a single 30-day period.
U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper has denied the report, saying it's misleading and inaccurate.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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