Wednesday, October 30, 2013

German intelligence officials in US over Angela Merkel\'s phone spying scandal

Washington: A team of German intelligence officials are in the United States to investigate reports that claim surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel\'s phone.

The talks between the senior officials of the two countries will be at the White House, as per a BBC news report.

The meeting comes amidst furore over reports of US allegedly spying on foreign leaders.

The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, on Wednesday defended the decision of the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor phone calls of foreign leaders and said that it was imperative to keep a watch on their intentions.

Speaking before the panel of the House of Representatives, he said that it\'s \"kind of a basic tenet\" of US intelligence-gathering to find out the intentions of foreign leaders.

Meanwhile, US National Security Agency (NSA) Director General Keith Alexander while testifying before the US Congress said that reports stating spying on European allies were false.

The startling revelation that phones of several foreign leaders including that of US allies, Germany and France, were put on surveillance by the NSA was made after a former CIA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the classified information.
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