NSA spying: Germany summons U.S. ambassador

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:42 pm IST

Published - October 24, 2013 03:24 pm IST - BERLIN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, and said that would be “a serious breach of trust”. File photo

German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, and said that would be “a serious breach of trust”. File photo

The German Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the U.S. ambassador in the wake of allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.

The Ministry said Ambassador John B. Emerson is expected to meet Thursday afternoon with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who will “spell out the position of the German government.”

The U.S. Embassy said it had no comment.

Merkel’s government says she complained to President Barack Obama in a phone call Wednesday after receiving information her cellphone may have been monitored. The White House said it isn’t monitoring and won’t monitor Merkel’s communications, but conspicuously didn’t say that they were never monitored.

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