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US Spied Phone-Calls of 35 World Leaders

The United States kept an eye on the phone talks of 35 global leaders according to classified documents revealed by escapee whistleblower Edward Snowden, Britain's Guardian newspaper said on Thursday. Phone numbers were conceded on to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) by a bureaucrat in another government department, according to the documents, the Guardian said on its website. It added that staffs in the White House, State Department and the Pentagon were advised to share the get in touch with details of foreign politicians. "We are not going to statement publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity, and as a subject of policy we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type congregated by all nations," a White House spokeswoman said, reacting to the report. The revelations appear after Germany demanded answers from Washington over allegations Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was microbe, the worst fight between the two countries in a decade. The White House did not reject the bugging, saying only it would not occur in future. "In one new case, a U.S official offered NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders," reads an extract from a secret memo dated October 2006 which was excerpted by the Guardian. The identities of the politicians in question were not exposed. The exposures in the centre-left Guardian suggested that the bugging of world leaders could be more prevalent than originally thought, with the matter set to overshadow an EU summit in Brussels.

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