BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (CNN) – Presidents and prime ministers around the world may be asking themselves if their phone calls have been bugged by the U.S. government.
That question is hanging in the air at a summit in Brussels.
The plan for European leaders to talk about the economy has been overshadowed by accusations that the U.S. has been tapping into the phone conversations of its allies, including those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel says trust has to be reestablished between the European Union and the United States
"We said that France and Germany - not as Germany plus France - but each country individually will get in contact with the United States and the security community and try to work out such a framework for future cooperation,” Merkel said.”Obviously we will have an exchange of views on how this is to play out."
The Guarding newspaper reported a 2006 memo obtained by NSA leaker Edward Snowden reveals the intelligence-gathering agency monitored phone conversations of 35 world leaders.
The White House says President Obama has assured Merkel the U.S. is not and will not monitor her communications.
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