Fallout from NSA Spy Programs Continues to Spread

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The damage from America's massive spying program continues to pile up. Some of America's closest allies believe the U.S. government has been spying on them as if they were enemies. And they're angry.

After receiving information that American intelligence may have monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone, German Foreign Ministry officials summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation.

President Barack Obama dealt with the fallout personally. Merkel reportedly told Obama it would be "a serious breach of trust" if confirmed.

"All I can tell you is what the president told the chancellor. The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

But note that Carney said the U.S. "is not monitoring" and "will not monitor." He did not say that the U.S. had never monitored Merkel's communications.

It's not just Germany. Mexico and Brazil are launching investigations to determine if the United States spied on their high-ranking officials.

France, one of America's oldest allies, is also upset. Its government demanded an explanation from the U.S. ambassador after reports surfaced that the NSA collected more than 70 million French telephone records over a 30-day period.

The Obama administration has rejected some of those allegations and keeps insisting it's working to strike a balance between security and privacy.

"Protecting the security of citizens in today's world is a very complicated, very challenging task," Secretary of State John Kerry said. "We in the United States are currently reviewing the way that we gather Intelligence."

But the damage from the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden continues to mount. Snowden is living in Russia after its government offered him asylum.

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