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U.S. Allies Want Answers After New NSA Spy Allegations

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  Original Published: 10/28/2013 The United States has a lot of explaining to do. New allegations of National Security Agency spying on European allies have sent the Obama administration scrambling. Cristina Mutchler has more on the latest U.S. spy scandal. Monday, U.S. officials will sit down with lawmakers from the European Union. The European Union delegation comes to Washington seeking answers on the latest round of spying allegations. The Guardian newspaper reported the NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders, including France and Germany. Their source, a document from accused NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But one U.S. lawmaker says our allies should be grateful. "It's a good thing," says Republican Mike Rogers of Michigan. "It keeps the French safe. It keeps the U.S. safe. It keeps our European allies safe." The latest charge comes from Germany where the NSA allegedly monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone. German media reports the surveillance went on for over a decade, one paper wrote President Obama was made aware of it in 2010 and allowed it to continue. The NSA denies the president knew anything. "The National Security Agency has always sucked up phone calls from all around the world, much of it is accidental, much of it is discarded," says Bob Baer, former Central Intelligence Agency operative. But that hasn't stopped serious fallout. Merkel placed what's been described as an angry phone call to the president and another German official says this has shaken their confidence in the United States. Sometime this week, Germany will send its own group of senior intelligence officials to Washington, looking for an explanation. But it remains to be seen if anything Washington says, will quiet the anger of America's European allies.
   
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