Germany says US possibly monitored Angela Merkel`s phone; White House denies

The United States of America may have monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s mobile phone, a German government spokesperson alleged.

Updated: Oct 24, 2013, 00:16 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Berlin: The United States of America may have monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s mobile phone, a German government spokesperson alleged on Wednesday.

According to Steffen Seibert, Germany has information regarding this.

The White House denied that the US is eavesdropping on Merkel`s phone calls.
Merkel spoke to US President Barack Obama today to seek clarification.

"We swiftly sent a request to our American partners asking for an immediate and comprehensive clarification," Seibert said in a statement.

He added that Merkel had made clear to Obama that if the information proved trued it would be "completely unacceptable".

"Among close friends and partners, as the Federal Republic of Germany and the US have been for decades, there should be no such monitoring of the communications of a head of government," the statement added, indirectly citing Merkel`s comments to Obama.

"This would be a serious breach of trust."

"Such practices must be prevented immediately," the German Chancellor told Obama.

In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the Chancellor."

The US has been facing the ire of a number of countries over allegations of spying.

In June, Merkel had raised concerns over electronic eavesdropping issue when Obama visited Germany. She had not just sought answers from the US government but also backed calls for greater European data protection.

Merkel called for US authorities to clarify the extent of surveillance in Germany and to provide answers to "questions that the German government asked months ago," Seibert said.

Earlier, a German magazine had reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had hacked Mexico`s Felipe Calderon`s public e-mail account while he was president.

France is also on the list.
According to the records provided by NSA contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden to French newspaper Le Monde, the NSA had collected 70.3 million French telephone records over a 30-day period that began last December 10.

Brazil`s President Dilma Rousseff last month scrubbed a much-anticipated state visit to Washington DC to express her country`s anger over the US` spying activities.

(With Agency inputs)