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U.S. Might End Spying On Allies

Colin Hale |
October 29, 2013 | 10:56 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Following a series of embarrassing reports detailing U.S. surveillance of several allied world leaders, the Obama administration is reportedly considering ending programs that monitor foreign leaders.

According to USA Today, a senior administration official said that one option Obama is weighing "is ending programs that monitor foreign leaders," although no "across-the-board changes in policy" have been made. 

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Several U.S. intelligence programs are under scrutiny after several reports indicated that the NSA had been spying on the leaders of Brazil, Mexico, France, Spain, and Germany, all considered friends and allies of the United States.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cancelled a state visit in Washington last month over the allegations, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed anger over allegations that the NSA has tapped her personal cell phone since 2002.

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Reports on U.S. surveillance efforts have mostly originated from leaks provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is now living in Russia. 

The NSA and Obama administration have since denied spying on Merkel's phone. Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, has also denied that Obama was made aware of any spying efforts directed towards allies.

Read more about the NSA's spying efforts at USA Today, Politico, and the Washington Post.

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