Berlin Says U.S. May Be Spying on Merkel’s Phone

24 Oct

By ANTON TROIANOVSKI in Berlin and SIOBHAN GORMAN in Washington

Germany said it believed that U.S. intelligence agencies may be spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, an intrusion that could escalate the international furor over U.S. data surveillance and complicate Washington’s relationship with one of its staunchest allies.

Ms. Merkel spoke by phone with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and made clear that such surveillance among allies would be “fully unacceptable” and a “grave breach of trust,” her spokesman said in a statement released late Wednesday in Berlin.

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