Germany has summoned the US ambassador in Berlin around promises the US monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will meet US envoy John Emerson after in what is viewed as an unusual measure between close friends.
However, it left open the question of whether calls were listened to formerly.
French President Francois Hollande had already called for the issue to be place within the strategy of the summit, where EU leaders are anticipated to discuss Europe’s digital economy, economic recovery and immigration.
The German government has not said how it received the hint about the alleged US spying. But news magazine Der Spiegel, which has printed reports predicated on content from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, said the guidance had come from its investigations.
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Germany’s Berliner Zeitung regrets that “just now does the government appear to really understand what it is happening”
Press aghast at latest US spying claims
State-observation of phone calls has a particular resonance in Germany – Mrs Merkel herself grew up in East Germany, where mobile-tap was pervasive.
Her spokesman said the German leader “views such practices… as completely unacceptable” and had needed a “complete and comprehensive explanation”.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US “is not tracking and cannot monitor the communications of the chancellor”.
German ministers’ phones have purportedly been protected using technology from security company Secusmart since 2009. Secusmart said in March that German government officials could be issued with new, highlysecured technology made for Blackberry mobile phones.
A German ADVICE technology expert told the BBC that security services for lots of countries may have intercepted the chancellor’s calls before she had complete encryption.
Numerous US friends have expressed fury on the Snowden-based spying allegations.
‘No business as usual’
Germany’s press echoed a sense of indignation, with a frontpage comments Sueddeutscher Zeitung – 1 of the country’s most respected newspapers – referring to the “biggest possible affront”.
German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said it will not be possible to come back to business as usual. That is much more than a tiff that’ll blow over easily, the BBC’s Stephen Evans reports from Berlin.
President Obama had guaranteed Chancellor Merkel in June that German citizens were not being generally spied upon.