German Chancellor Angela Merkel called US President Obama on 23 October 2013, demanding an explanation of evidence that US intelligence agencies had tapped her mobile phone.
Merkel made it clear that, should these indications turn out to be true, she “unequivocally disapproves” of such methods and finds them “totally unacceptable” her spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “This would be a grave breach of trust,” he added. “Such practices must immediately be put to a stop.”
The White House has responded by stating: “The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel,” refusing to comment on the past tense of the same statement.
The information regarding the targeting of Chancellor Merkel’s phone arose in an investigation by the Gemran Federal Intelligence Service (BND), prompted by research from Der Spiegel.
- Berlin Complains: Did US tap Chancellor Merkel’s mobile phone?, by Jacob Appelbaum, Holger Stark, Marcel Rosenbach and Jörg Schindler, 23 October 2013 in Der Spiegel (also in German)
- Merkel calls Obama about alleged US monitoring of her phone, by Scott Wilson and Michael Birnbaum, 23 October 2013 in the Washington Post
- Angela Merkel’s call to Obama: are you bugging my mobile phone?, by Ian Traynor, Phillip Oltermann and Paul Lewis, 23 October 2013 in the Guardian
- Merkel’s phone: spying suspicions put Obama in a tight spot, by Sebastian Fischer, 24 October 2013 in Der Spiegel