QUESTION: There’s a report out from the Wall Street Journal that says that the president did not learn until this summer that the NSA had been tapping Angela Merkel’s phone for years, as it had been with other world leaders. Was the president kept out of the loop about what the NSA was doing?
JAY CARNEY: First, I am not going to get into details of internal discussions. But, the president clearly feels strongly about making sure that we are not just collecting information because we can, but because we should, and I noted the other day, a readout from a phone call the president had with Chancellor Merkel made clear that we do not and will not monitor the chancellor’s communications.
More broadly, I think it is worth stepping back and looking at a couple of things. Today’s world is highly interconnected, and the flow of large amounts of data is unprecedented. There are communications methods that we hadn’t even conceived of ten years ago, that we are adapting to.