US spying on Spain unacceptable: Foreign Ministry
Iran Press TV
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:28PM GMT
Spain Foreign Ministry says monitoring of Spanish telephone and computer communications by the US intelligence services is "unacceptable" if proven to be true.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it delivered the message to American Ambassador James Costos just hours after reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on 60 million Spanish telephone calls in a single month.
"Spain has relayed to the United States the importance of preserving a climate of trust ... and its interest in understanding the full reach of practices that, if true, would be considered inappropriate and unacceptable between allies," said the ministry.
This is the second time in less than a week that the American ambassador has been summoned by the Spanish government to respond to reports of illegal US surveillance on the European country.
Madrid has also asked Washington to provide details of reported eavesdropping on its citizens.
Last week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he had not yet received any information that the United States spied on his country.
Earlier, the Spanish daily El Mundo revealed that the NSA had gathered the massive data in December 2012 and collected data from internet searches, electronic mail and social networking sites.
Meanwhile, Germany's Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said on Sunday that its confidence in the United States has been shaken by recent revelations that the NSA spied on private phone calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A report published on October 26 by German weekly Der Spiegel revealed that Merkel's cellphone had been listed by the NSA Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002, and that her mobile phone number was still listed in June 2013.
Furthermore, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has described recent US spying revelations on France as "shocking."
His statement came following a report by French daily Le Monde, which showed that the NSA secretly tapped more than 70 million phone conversations in France over a 30-day period earlier this year, and targeted certain high-profile French political and business individuals.
Snowden, who was granted political asylum in Russia on August 1, has been charged in the United States with espionage and theft of government property after leaking documents that revealed the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been secretly gathering information of people in both the US and all around the world.
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