European union leaders meet, discuss U.S. spying
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 22:10
During a summit of European Union members last week, European politicians said they are concerned about the National Security Agency’s clandestine spying activities. Earlier this year, a former NSA contractor revealed the agency, a part of the U.S. Department of Defense which focuses on global intelligence, had been spying on U.S. citizens and other countries.
“A lack of trust could prejudice the necessary cooperation in the field,” a statement issued by European political leaders read. The statement said France and Germany intend to talk to the U.S. to learn more about the NSA’s operations. The Spanish government, meanwhile, has arranged to meet with the U.S. ambassador to Spain regarding the charges.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to President Barack Obama in a phone call about possible U.S. monitoring of her cell phone. The spying has “severely shaken” the relationship between Europe and the United States, she said.
French President Francois Hollande said a policy must be created to prevent fear of the spying, which is done for anti-terrorism purposes.
The NSA is alleged to have bugged EU officers in the United States, as well as numerous phones of world leaders.