BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone and said that would be a serious breach of trust if confirmed, her government announced.
The White House denied that the U.S. is listening in on Merkels phone calls.
The German government said it responded after receiving information that the chancellors cellphone may be monitored by U.S. intelligence. It wouldnt elaborate, but German news magazine Der Spiegel, which has published material from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, said its research triggered the response.
Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement the chancellor made clear to Obama in a phone call that she views such practices, if the indications are confirmed ... as completely unacceptable.
Merkel said among close partners such as Germany and the U.S., there must not be such surveillance of a head of governments communication, Seibert added. That would be a serious breach of trust. Such practices must be stopped immediately.