Spanish Media: NSA ‘Spied on 60 Million Phone Calls’

Allegations made by civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald based on Snowden documents

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks to journalists after an E.U. summit in Brussels on Oct. 25, 2013. He said: "We do not have evidence that Spain has been spied on ... but we are calling in the [U.S.] ambassador to get information."

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly collected data on 60 million phone calls placed in Spain between Dec. 10 of last year and Jan. 8, according to a report based on leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The allegations, presented in an article written by the journalist Glenn Greenwald in the Spanish newspapers El Mundo and El País on Sunday, follow reports of NSA eavesdropping on 70 million phone calls in France and revelations that the U.S. may have bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel for over a decade.

The U.S. ambassador to Madrid will appear before a Spanish Foreign Ministry official on Monday to explain allegations of American spying in Spain.