NSA Blamed for Spying on 60M Spanish Calls in One Month

El Mundo report cites Snowden papers
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 7:22 AM CDT
NSA Blamed for Spying on 60M Spanish Calls in One Month

The latest claim that could make US-Europe relations even frostier: The NSA allegedly tracked more than 60 million phone calls in Spain between December 2012 and January 2013. Spanish newspaper El Mundo made the claim today, Reuters reports, citing documents it said were obtained from Edward Snowden via Glenn Greenwald. The tracking apparently involved only the duration and location of the calls, not their content. Another Spanish newspaper published similar allegations Friday, though it did not report the extent of the snooping, the Atlantic Wire reports.

Germany and France are already irked that the NSA grabbed millions of French phone records and may have snooped on Angela Merkel, but as of Friday, Spain's government said it was unaware of any NSA spying on its citizens and was resisting Germany's calls for a "no-spy deal" between the US and the European Union. That could change: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says the country is seeking more information from the US ambassador in Spain; the ambassador and Spain's European secretary of state are meeting today. Also today, an EU parliamentary delegation will meet US officials in Washington to discuss concerns, the BBC reports. (More National Security Agency stories.)

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