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Tuesday
Oct292013

Spain Airs Out Its Complaints About NSA Spying

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- James Costos, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, became the latest Obama administration official to get a dressing down from a foreign government over allegations of spying.

Costos and Inigo Mendez de Vigo, Spain’s secretary of state for the European Union, had a long talk in London about an article in Spain's daily El Mundo, which stated that the National Security Agency collected more than 60 million phone calls over a 30-day period spanning from December 2012 to January 2013.

As in other recent cases that have come to light, the information was from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is living in Russia under temporary asylum.

After Costos was asked to explain what he knew, the Spanish Ministry said in a statement, "The government reiterated to the ambassador its concern regarding information in the press in the last few days and underlined that every system must maintain the necessary balance between security and protecting the privacy and intimacy of communications, as clearly laid down in Spanish legislation."

Costos said in his own statement, "President Obama has ordered an internal review to ensure that the intelligence that is collected under these programs is not just all the intelligence that the United States is able to collect, but rather intelligence that should and needs to be collected."

Besides Spain, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden have also issued similar concerns regarding allegations of U.S. spying.

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