NASA HQ Just one day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of conducting surveillance on her mobile phone, The Guardian reported that the National Security Agency “monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders.” Citing documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the British newspaper noted the “confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its ‘customer’ departments, such as the White House, State, and the Pentagon, to share their ‘Rolodexes’ so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.” The same October 2006 document, which was not published in full, apparently stated that one US official gave the NSA 200 telephone numbers, which were then “tasked” for surveillance.

The same memo claimed that giving these new phone numbers to the NSA produces “little reportable intelligence.”     

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