U.S. Ambassador Summoned Over Alleged Angela Merkel Phone Tapping

Ambassador John B. Emerson will meet with the German Foreign Ministry today to discuss allegations the United States has tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring high security Secusite software, used for governmental communication. Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has summed the U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson to Germany over information that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone may have been monitored by the United States.

Merkel called President Obama on Wednesday to demand clarification, saying if the information was correct it would be a “grave breach of trust.”

Emerson will meet with Westerwelle this afternoon, who will “spell out the position of the German government.”

The U.S. Embassy did not comment, but the The White House has said it “isn’t” monitoring and “won’t” monitor Merkel’s phone, but as the Associated Press noted, it did not say that her communications had never been monitored.

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