White House tries to reassure Angela Merkel, allies over spying

Townhall.com Staff
Posted: Oct 24, 2013 3:23 PM
White House spokesman Jay Carney for a second day tried to smooth over tensions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after reports that American intelligence agencies targeted her cell phone. In her first public comments since news of the allegations surfaced, Merkel on Thursday said that trust between the U.S. and its partners must be restored and insisted there must be no “spying among friends.” Carney sought to reassure Merkel and other allies that the U.S. is not monitoring them in its surveillance and stressed that the Obama administration is reviewing its spying programs to respond to privacy concerns at home and abroad.

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