NSA denies Vatican spying claims
The NSA has moved to deny fresh claims it spied on the Vatican before the conclave.
Italian magazine Panorama, which cites no source for the information, says the NSA eavesdropped on phone calls to and from the Vatican up until March, when Pope Francis was elected.
In a statement Wednesday, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said the NSA did not target the Vatican, and that the claims were incorrect.
The Vatican said that it was unaware of the fact its calls may have been monitored, and added that it has no concerns about it, even if it were true.
Earlier this week, NSA Director General Keith Alexander was forced to deny allegations the U.S. collected telephone and email records directly from European citizens.
Alexander was referring to claims the NSA had collected data on tens of millions of phone calls in France, Spain and elsewhere.
He said NATO allies collected and shared the information with the U.S.
"This is not information we collected on European citizens. It represents information that we and our NATO allies have collected in defence of our countries and in support of military operations."
Washington has come under fire after reports the U.S. has been tapping into the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for years.
German officials are at the White House to address the allegations.
The reports come at a time when the White House said it will review its surveillance activities and consider toning down their scope.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
Indiscriminate monitoring everywhere did not happen with Obama but with George W. Bush, the author of 9/11. Intercepting the Pope is one more indication that the NSA has not been created for the purpose to prevent terrorist attacks. It will be hard for those who still believe in the story of Osama Bin Laden but all that is happening is the prelude to the next big surprise. Since George H. Bush was CIA director, the US secret State agencies had played a double role to get to today when every person is constantly monitored by NSA and other agencies not to report information to the US Government but to feed with all data the embryo of a new superpower. A small group of Zionists, like a hidden parallel government, with George Bush still today at the head of secret services in the US, UK and Israel, is the destabilizing force behind most terror events and with classified information at disposal and a private army is plotting what now would seem unthinkable to many. The spokesman for this group in the US Congress is John Mc Cain who reports the given orders weighing on the US administration. The aimed targets for this group are a War of Religion and chaos everywhere so that desperate people will soon invoke a New World Order without even knowing what that is.
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