Germans Coming to U.S. On Heels of Snooping Reports

Troubled by recent allegations of U.S. spying on German chancellor

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Senior German intelligence officials will travel to the United States to meet with the White House and National Security Agency about reports that the U.S. monitored the German leader’s communications.

A date for the meeting has not been released but a German government spokesperson said Friday it is expected to happen on “relatively short notice,” the Associated Press reports.

At an European Union summit Friday, European leaders vowed to maintain strong ties with the U.S. but expressed concern over recent reports of alleged U.S. spying on at least 35 world leaders, including the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The spate of recent disclosures of American surveillance activities come from leaked documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.