Merkel calls Obama over phone claim
on 23/10/2013 20:09:01
Spokesman Steffen Seibert said Mrs Merkel made clear in her call that "she views such practices, if the indications are confirmed ... as completely unacceptable" and called for US authorities to clarify the extent of surveillance in Germany.
A statement from Mr Seibert said the German government "has received information that the chancellor's cellphone may be monitored by American intelligence".
The government would not elaborate but news magazine Der Spiegel, which has published material from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, said its research triggered the response.
The White House said Mr Obama has assured Mrs Merkel that the US is not listening in on her phone calls.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the two leaders spoke by phone, adding: "The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the Chancellor."
Mr Carney said the US is examining Germany's concerns as part of a review of how the US gathers intelligence.
The White House has cited that review in responding to similar spying concerns from France and other US allies.