Obama Denies Monitoring Merkel’s Phone

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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has summoned the US ambassador to Germany to discuss information obtained by German authorities that the US may have monitored Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

However these claims have been denied by US President Barack Obama, who received a phone call from Merkel yesterday as she demanded immediate clarification and told him if such surveillance had taken place it amounted to a “grave breach of trust”.

Germany have since summoned the US ambassador John B Emerson to Berlin.

Yesterday, White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed Mr Obama and Mrs Merkel spoke on the phone about German fears that the US National Security Agency had been spying on her.

Mr Carney, asked about the allegation that the NSA had monitored her mobile phone conversations, said Mr Obama assured Mrs Merkel that “the United States is not monitoring the communications of the chancellor”.

A spokesperson for Chancellor Merkel told reporters in Berlin that she had used the telephone conversation with Mr Obama to make clear that she “unequivocally disapproves of such practices, should they be confirmed, and regards them as completely unacceptable.”

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