White House: We’re not spying on Merkel

FILE - The March 5, 2013 file photo shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel presenting a tap-proof mobile phone of Blackberry at a booth of Secusmart during the opening round tour of the world's largest computer expo CeBIT in Hannover. German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, and said that would be “a serious breach of trust” if confirmed, her government said.  (AP Photo/dpa, Julian Stratenschulte)FILE - The March 5, 2013 file photo shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel presenting a tap-proof mobile phone of Blackberry at a booth of Secusmart during the opening round tour of the world’s largest computer expo CeBIT in Hannover. German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, and said that would be “a serious breach of trust” if confirmed, her government said. (AP Photo/dpa, Julian Stratenschulte)

President Obama on Wednesday spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to assure her the U.S. is not listening to her phone calls, the White House said.

That assurance came amid allegations from a German official that American intelligence agencies had been monitoring the chancellor’s cell phone.

“The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor communications of the chancellor,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday.

But when pressed on the question, Mr. Carney would not explicitly say whether U.S. intelligence agencies may have inadvertently picked up some of Ms. Merkel’s phone conversations while monitoring others.

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