German paper says Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010
In yet another bombshell in the widening U.S. bugging scandal, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag quotes U.S. intelligence sources as saying National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander briefed President Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010, but Obama agreed to let it continue.
It was reported last week that Obama had told Merkel over the phone that he had not been aware of the bugging.
The news weekly went on to say leaked NSA documents show Merkel's phone has appeared on a list of spying targets since 2002.
This new revelations are sure to create more controversy, even though the NSA refutes the newspaper's claims.
Germany and Brazil -- another target of the NSA -- are working on a UN resolution which would call for extending UN's multilateral treaty to protect privacy on the Internet. Diplomats from the two countries with a coalition of nations, including France, Sweden and Norway are leading efforts to draft the resolution and put it to the full general assembly in late November.
British Prime Minister David Cameron broke ranks with other European countries by siding with the U.S. and criticizing former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and unnamed newspapers for helping Britain's enemies.
"What Snowden is doing and, to an extent, what the newspapers are going in helping him do what he is doing, is frankly signaling to people who mean to do us harm how to evade and avoid intelligence and surveillance and other techniques."
Germany is sending its secret service officials to the U.S. to seek what it calls "complete information" about the alleged surveillance from Washington.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.