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German Chancellor Angela Merkel questions Obama over tapping of her mobile phone

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.

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