Merkel Denounces “Spying Among Friends”

Emphasizes that Germany and the U.S. are allies

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to welcome Italy's new prime minister Enrico Letta at the Chancellery.

“Spying among friends cannot be,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in her first public comments since allegations emerged that U.S. intelligence may have been monitoring her cell phone.

“We need trust among allies and partners,” Merkel said as she arrived to a European Union summit in Brussels. “Trust now has to be built anew. This is what we have to think about.”

The U.S. Embassy declined to comment on Merkel’s statement, but the Obama administration has denied that it is monitoring Merkel’s communications, the Associated Press reports, though stopped short of addressing any possible past monitoring.

[AP]

28 comments
Joseph Gillen
Joseph Gillen

we have friends bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Stephen Miles
Stephen Miles

It has always happened and probably always will.Nothing new.

Myo Minsoe
Myo Minsoe

Don't mess with eastern German lesbians

Adanma Okpara
Adanma Okpara

If you have nothing to hide, why are you mad, Merkel ? Lol

Mirjana Miklič
Mirjana Miklič

if she thinks that obama is her FRIEND...she's mistaking...obama is his own friend...she better get a reality check and get it fast....us spies on everyone...

Agnieszka Zapaśnik
Agnieszka Zapaśnik

Trust is a beautiful gift - they're built it for years, but lost it in the second. After Brazil it's time for Europe, the UN already deals with espionage at the request of the President of Brazil We are witnessing the collapse of U.S. government, embarrassment on a global scale.

Teuta Abazi
Teuta Abazi

Don't ignore the truth! Maybe Obama will be scientist. Can you do the same to Obama.

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Obmed Senoj
Obmed Senoj

hard time for "the Obama administration". what will be the strategy now to reestablish the relationship with the international community?

Mohamed Zain
Mohamed Zain

but spying among snakes and devils can be

JD Mora
JD Mora

Thanks to a magazine who "says" has proof, from a guy who now says he's got no proof, and from magazines like yours who have actually NO proof. They ALL stir the pot, to procure more business and create an international incident out of little substance.

Roger3
Roger3

Bush got unpopular and untrusted due to his lies and spoofings about Iraq.
Germany and Europe loved to get Obama as his successor, promising to rebuild the lost trust for American governments. With the NSA-leaks (including that telling that even the German Chancellor was spied) and its treatment toward leakers like Snowden Obama is on the best way to get as untrustable as Bush was before.
The bad point of it: One untrustable leader looks like an error, like an accident. Two in a row, quite different in style and politics, make it look like beeing a feature.
"You fooled me once - shame on you. You fooled me tqwice - shame on me."
From the German and European point of view America is far of the track since 9-11. Get back soon, otherwise the international lost of trust und support will be tremendous.

It is NOT NORMAL to spy all the people in friedly and allied states up to the chancellor, at least not for the spied people. Its a perfect way to risk  loosing friends and allies that way.
Is it really worth that? Does anybody think all of them are potential terrorists?

Scott Fricks
Scott Fricks

Please, please Mr. President, keep any pictures of Merkel sexting above top secret.

Samantha Lynn
Samantha Lynn

Spying on innocent citizens should not be, but yet nothing I say or write is private, Obama thinks he and his government are above the law and entitle to disregard the rights of citizens and foreign allies everywhere.

Carole Kelly
Carole Kelly

spying happens when trust is an issue.. happens with friends and lovers too i guess

Wil Brander
Wil Brander

A widely assumed truth. But the U.S. gov't thinks it's exceptional.

Richard Dugan
Richard Dugan

Every major country in the world spies on every other country in the world. That is the way it has been for six thousand years and that is the way it will continue to be unless we somehow overcome all of our bigotry, religious nonsense and false nationalism and form a unified government of the world. Not too likely I would say.

StephanJürgensen
StephanJürgensen

@Adanma Okpara Might that be the opinion of the majority of the American citizens? If so, this is really arrogant. It would be a big national scandal if the American people finds out that blameless american citizens are spied by ther own intelligence services. But the chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as many of us German citizens, shall better take it easy when their rights for privacy is violated?!

Roger3
Roger3

@Richard Dugan Every neutral and hostile country in the world tries to spy all the people up to the chancelor. As German I expected that behaviour from China and Russia, but not from a friend and close ally like America.
Do you propose Germany (and other European Contries or e.g. Mexico) should change their way of treatment and trust toward America to the same level like they do with Russia and China?
If America wants that, go on. Who needs friends, if you can have interests?