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Germany joins chorus of U.S. allies angered by NSA spying

Following fast on the footsteps of the French, Germany on Thursday summoned the U.S. ambassador after allegations emerged -- reportedly based on leaks from NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden -- that the U.S. spy agency had surveilled the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The U.S. government has thus far (as with most NSA revelations) offered unsatisfactory assurances to Germany. The White House promised that the chancellor's calls are not currently being monitored and will not be again, but did not comment on whether she had been spied on by the U.S. in the past.

"We can't simply return to business as usual," Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told ARD television about U.S.-German relations following the spying revelations. Via the AP:

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