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Obama Gets Earful From Merkel on Spying

By Sebastian Fischer, Der Spiegel - October 24, 2013

Jay Carney is used to dicey situations. By now, it has become routine for US President Barack Obama's press secretary to somehow put a positive spin on bad news. But, on Wednesday, Carney found himself in particularly treacherous territory when he was asked during a press briefing whether US intelligence services had monitored the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of one of America's staunchest allies.

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