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October 24, 2013
Merkel to Obama: Are you tapping my phone?
The aftermath of the spying scandal in Germany percolated all the way to the top of the country's political elite. Chancellor Angela Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama to seek assurances that the U.S. government did not tap her phone. Merkel, a heavy mobile phone user, said should the reassurances be false or inaccurate, it would be "completely unacceptable" for allies to be spying on their friends.
- Read more: Merkel to Obama: Are you tapping my phone? (ZDNet)
Image: U.S. Dept. of State
October 24, 2013
Merkel wasn't alone: NSA tapped calls of 35 world leaders
The same day as the White House made reassurances to the German government's leader, new leaks appeared to disprove what the U.S. had initially claimed, specifically that it wasn't tapping into the phones of world leaders. According to the new reports, more than 200 phone numbers were handed over by a U.S. official, including almost three-dozen numbers belonging to prime ministers, presidents, and heads of state.
But the surveillance turned up "little reportable intelligence" on the 35 world leaders whose phones were tapped into by the U.S., the documents showed.
- Read more: Merkel wasn't alone: NSA tapped calls of 35 world leaders (ZDNet)
(Source: The Guardian)
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October 28, 2013
Japan reportedly rejected NSA requests to tap fiber in 2011
In efforts to expand the U.S. government's surveillance program to the Asian states, particularly with China set in its sights, the U.S. made efforts to ask Japan if it would allow the tapping of undersea fiber cables. But Japan refused, according to sources speaking to Japanese media.
The report said legislation preventing the intercepting of communications in the country forced the Japanese government to refuse the request -- even if it meant missing out on collecting the communications of suspected terrorists.
- Read more: Japan reportedly rejected NSA requests to tap fiber in 2011 (ZDNet/AAP)
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Source: The Japan Times