October 28th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer

By Al Goodman and David Simpson

The release of further allegations of National Security Agency surveillance efforts caused the Spanish government to summon the U.S. ambassador Monday, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House ordered a halt to some eavesdropping on foreign leaders after learning of it this summer.

Quoting unidentified U.S. officials, the newspaper's website said the wiretapping of about 35 foreign leaders was disclosed to the White House as part of a review of surveillance programs ordered by President Barack Obama after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the NSA's phone monitoring systems.

The White House ordered a halt to the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and unspecified other leaders, the newspaper reported. The Journal report did not specify who gave the shutdown order or the date it was issued.


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  1. ShiverMeTimbers

    Wow! Just in the nick of time.

    October 29, 2013 at 4:56 am | Reply
  2. Brian O'Connor

    If you want a real snapshot about the NSA scandal over the past few months but also much more, watch this : http://youtu.be/lH5y-_nYEds

    Everything we always wanted to know about the NSA: How the NSA has secretly made the internet less secure, how the NSA spies on every US citizens, what's its impact on global financial transactions, what were its relations with foreign countries. Very interesting and instructive !

    October 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  3. sabine

    This is head line news all over Europe and anyone who likes to read more on this story should go to BBC. I can not believe how little CNN even mentions about this.

    Germany's Merkel grew up in East Germany – that's why she finds the US surveillance very invasive. She says it reminds her of the old tactics of East Germany and they don't want anything to do with it. And no, Merkel does not spy on Obamas cell phone! Surveillance in European countries still follow regulation and due process.
    Wake up America. A government that has to spy on its own people is not in the business of providing or protecting freedom! Politicians no longer represent the people, they represent corporations. It will only be a matter of time before banks and corporations will abuse these powerful surveillance tools.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • John McKane

      Thank you, sabine. You said it all!

      October 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  4. Hfhjvgj Drtujhghj

    The Powers-that-be run -s-H-i-t- and that is a choice word...

    October 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  5. Hfhjvgj Drtujhghj

    Obama and his ilk are all knowing and all powerful...

    October 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  6. Hfhjvgj Drtujhghj

    FACT: the Obama buck does not stop with Obama...

    October 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  7. Hfhjvgj Drtujhghj

    Big Brother

    October 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  8. Hfhjvgj Drtujhghj

    "there" is "Your" proof...

    October 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
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    October 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  10. Hfhjvgj Drtujhghj

    sensorship is in full effect now...

    October 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  11. George Patton-2

    Did this really happen or is this just more right-wing propaganda spewing out of the White House? Since this government no longer has any credibility except among the very ignorant, One cannot tell these days!

    October 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply

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