NSA says President Obama did not know about spying
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(KTNV) -- There is more fallout for the United States this morning related to snooping by the National Security Agency.
American allies around the world are furious about reports of U.S. eavesdropping.
This morning, the Obama Administration is doing major damage control. U.S. officials say the White House is receiving the way America gathers intelligence.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House stopped some of the snooping after learning about it. That includes the tracking of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's telephone calls.
But, new reports claim that the U.S. has been listening in on her cellphone calls since 2002 and that President Obama knew about it.
The NSA denies the President had any idea that it was happening.
Despite the backlash, many members of Congress believe that NSA data collection is an essential tool to combat terrorism.
Five U.S. allies have summoned the American ambassador to their countries to lodge formal protests.
Germany and France want the U.S. to agree to limit its eavesdropping by the end of the year.
Also, just coming out this morning, a Spanish newspaper has published a document that shows the NSA spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone.