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Newspaper in Spain claims U.S. tapped 60M phone calls a month
A newspaper in Spain has issued a scathing report on the latest in the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance actions, accusing the spy group of tapping into more than 60 million telephone calls in the country — in a single month's time.
El Mundo reported the claim on Monday, a week after another overseas paper, Le Monde, wrote on similar spy allegations about the NSA in France, The Associated Press reported. Both reports followed one from Germany's Der Spiegel that cited a document that revealed Washington, D.C., officials tapped into Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellular telephone.
The documents cited in all the reports as proof of the NSA's spying all come from Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor.
El Mundo claims that the document it received from Mr. Snowden indicates the NSA conducted surveillance operations on Spain's telephone calls between Dec. 10, 2012, and Jan. 8, 2013, AP reported. The newspaper reported that the content of the telephone calls — the actual conversations — were not part of the surveillance operation.
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