In June, the British newspaper The Guardian reported that the NSA has been monitoring our phone records and emails, thanks to secret documents provided by ex-CIA worker Edward Snowden. On Thursday, it was revealed that the NSA also monitored the phones of 35 foreign leaders.
The information has come out in waves. Early in the week, a French newspaper reported that the NSA collected data on millions of phone calls in that country. Then German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the US of tapping her official cell phone. The White House says it is not and will not monitor Merkel's phone, but they made no comment on whether they did in the past.
The US ambassadors in France and Germany have been summoned by those countries to explain the reports, which have strained relations between the US and the European Union.
Merkel said at a summit in Brussels Thursday that the US needs to re-establish trust in Europe.
"Now, we have to discuss what sort of data-protection do we need and what sort transparency there is," Merkel said. "We are closely tied in with the U.S., and trust is an important part of the relationship and now that trust has to be re-established between us. Spying among friends is never acceptable."
France and Germany will send delegations to Washington soon to discuss this issue.