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NSA 'monitored 60m Spanish calls in a month'

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24699733...

From BBC Website

This comes as a European Union parliamentary delegation prepares for a series of meetings in Washington.

The officials from the European parliament's Civil Liberties Committee will speak to members of Congress to convey concerns and gather information.

Citizens

Meanwhile a Japanese news agency says that the NSA asked the Japanese government in 2011 to help it monitor fibre-optic cables carrying personal data through Japan, to the Asia-Pacific region.

The reports, carried by the Kyodo news agency, say that this was intended to allow the US to spy on China - but Japan refused, citing legal restrictions and a shortage of personnel.

The White House has so far declined to comment on Monday's claims about US spying in Spain, published in the newspapers El Pais and El Mundo.

It is alleged that the NSA tracked millions of phone calls, texts and emails from Spanish citizens between 10 December 2012 and 8 January this year.

The US ambassador to Madrid has been summoned to meet a Spanish foreign ministry official later on Monday to discuss earlier allegations about US spying on Spanish citizens and politicians.

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