Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After NSA snooping angered Brazil, Mexico, France and Italy, Germany's Chancellor called Obama to find out if he's been tapping her phone

NBC's Richard Engle:
"Friends don't like friends reading their mail... especially if everybody finds out about it... There is a growing impression around the world that Washington spies on its friends, on its enemies and even on its own citizens and over time, Brian, this has a corrosive effect on the United States, which claims to respect free speech."

    The companion story on NBC's website delves into diplomatic blowback from NSA spying on other countries. Today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the U.S. wasn't intercepting German Chancellor Merkel's communications and wasn't going to, but he didn't say anything about the past.

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