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German chancellor to Obama: Stop listening in on my cell phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Above: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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The NSA saga continues to unravel with the German government expressing anger after receiving information that the U.S. may have been monitoring Angela Merkel’s cell phone, according to a statement by her spokesperson.

Following the allegations, the German leader called President Obama demanding clarification and said that if such practices were being employed, it “would be a serious breach of trust” and “completely unacceptable”.

The White House responded to the accusations yesterday and said: “The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel… As the President has said, the United States is reviewing the way that we gather intelligence to ensure that we properly balance the security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share.”

However, the American president did not completely rule out the possibility that the alleged phone tapping had happened in the past.

The outrage in Berlin comes only a couple of days after French President François Hollande confronted Obama over reports that the NSA had engaged in large-scale spying of French citizens.

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This story originally appeared on VentureVillage.