US bugged Merkel's phone since 2002

US bugged Merkel's phone since 2002

US bugged Merkel's phone since 2002



The US has been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone for more than 10 years, said a magazine report.

The German publication Der Spiegel magazine Saturday claimed to have seen secret papers from the National Security Agency (NSA) which show Merkel's phone number on a list dating from 2002 - before she became chancellor of Germany, reports BBC.

The publication said Merkel’s mobile had been listed by the NSA’s Special Collection Service marked as “GE Chancellor Merkel” - and was still on the list weeks before US President Barack Obama visited Germany in June.

Washington has seen a protest against the NSA's spying programme. Several thousand protesters marched Saturday to the US capital, demanding a limit to the surveillance.

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