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US envoy called to Merkel office over fresh spying reports

New documents released by WikiLeaks appear to show the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone but also eavesdropped on several ministersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday over new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties. In the latest eruption in a nearly two-year rift over illicit espionage, Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmeier called the US envoy, John Emerson, to the chancellery “to make clear that respect for German law is non-negotiable and proven violations will be prosecuted”, Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said. In the strongly worded statement, Seibert said the “indispensable cooperation between German and US intelligence” was being “harmed by such repeated incidents”.

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