1. ACHTUNG!

    Obama Denies Spying on Merkel

    BERLIN - JANUARY 14:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses her cell phone during an extraordinary meeting of the German Bundestag on January 14, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel defined inher speech  the German economic stimulus package. The German coalition government has announced a EUR 50 billion package over two years in order to combat the current financial crisis.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Angela Merkel

    Andreas Rentz

    This must have been a very awkward conversation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama on Wednesday to address reports in a German paper that the U.S. had tapped her cell phone. According to the White House, Obama strongly denied any such thing. The National Security Agency "is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor," press secretary Jay Carney said. But you can't blame Merkel for worrying—recent reports raised questions about U.S. spying activities in Brazil, France, and Mexico, and Brazil's president cancelled a planned state visit over the allegations. 

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