Obama Reportedly Unaware NSA Spied on 35 World Leaders

Wall Street Journal reports the president didn't know the size and scope of the operation for years.
2:03 | 10/28/13

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on the escalating american spy scandal. New suggestion that the president did not know how far it was going. Terry moran in germany with the latest. Reporter: Absolutely, george. This whole story has become a full-blown crisis of trust between the united states and some of our oldest allies. Trust. Four months ago, president obama stockholder there at the gate, the symbolic heart of germany and declared that the nsa surveillance programs were bound by the rule of law. They tarted security threats, not the communications of ordinary people. We know at that point, they were surveilling millions of europeans and tapping the cell phone of german chancellor angela merkel. For almost five years, the president had no idea that the u.S. Was listening in on the cell phone of angela merkel and 35 other leaders. It wasn't until an internal review was launched that the president found out about the top-level spying. We can put if place greater oversight. Transpare transparency, and constraints on the oous of this authority. Reporter: The white house say that they've stopped spying on chancellor merkel. A german paper revealed that the u.S. Embassy is the site of major american listening post, spying on the german government and business leaders here in berlin. The leaks and outrage spread. Now in spain, where documents leaked by edward snowden suggest that the nsa monitored 60 million spanish phone calls in a single month. The outrage is palpable. In the streets, in the press. The people feel the nsa has invaded their countries and their privacy.

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