Tuesday, October 29, 2013

AMERICA - Is Spying on Friends Acceptable? EU View

"Uproar over U.S. surveillance scope raises question of what spying is acceptable" PBS Newshour 10/28/2013


SUMMARY:  European governments lodged new complaints about U.S. surveillance after learning of new disclosures that the NSA tracked millions of phone calls in Spain, reports Kwame Holman.  For more on the continuing fallout, Gwen Ifill speaks with former CIA official John McLaughlin and Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations.

GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  European governments lodged new complaints on both sides of the Atlantic today over U.S. surveillance.  They followed more disclosures linked to the National Security Agency.

NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman begins our coverage.

KWAME HOLMAN (Newshour):  In Madrid, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, James Costos, ignored shouted questions about how his meeting at the Foreign Ministry went.  He had been summoned after the newspaper El Mundo reported the NSA tracked more than 60 million phone calls in Spain just from December 2012 to January 2013.

Meanwhile, in Washington, members of the European Parliament met with the House Intelligence Committee on U.S. surveillance.

CLAUDE MORAES, European Parliament Delegation:  This is just a knock in trust.  And there's a real appetite in the European Union to try and restore this trust, to make sense of why this NSA surveillance was necessary, why it was so disproportionate.

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