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Spain summons US envoy over phone spying

Iran Press TV

Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:42AM GMT

Spain has summoned the US ambassador following reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on 60 million telephone calls in a single month.

The Spanish government summoned American Ambassador James Costos on Monday to respond to a report published a day earlier by the Spanish daily El Mundo.

The daily revealed that the NSA had gathered the massive data in December 2012 and collected data from internet searches, electronic mail and social networking sites.

The report was written by Brazil-based journalist Glenn Greenwald and was based on information provided by American surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.

This is the second time in less than a week that the American ambassador has been summoned to the Spanish Foreign Ministry to explain the NSA spying activities.

Last week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he had not yet received any information that the United States spied on his country.

This comes in the wake of another similar story by French newspaper Le Monde, which showed that the NSA secretly taped 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.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has described recent US spying revelations on France as "shocking."

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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