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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spying tests trust between Obama, Merkel

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting in June: Reports based on leaks from former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden suggest the U.S. has monitored the telephone communications of 35 foreign leaders. The fact that Merkel was among them has been particularly troubling to many in Europe and on Capitol Hill, given her status as a senior stateswoman, the leader of Europe's strongest economy, and a key American ally.