I spy. @BarackObama You might think that if the National Security Agency were tapping the phones of dozens of world leaders, President Obama would be aware of this fact. Apparently not—according to a Wall Street Journal report last night, the NSA’s spy operations are so extensive that not even the president of the United States knows about all of them.  Based on interviews with US officials, the paper said that “President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them.” NSA monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and 34 other world leaders was revealed to the White House after an internal Obama administration review that started this summer.

The NSA stopped its spying of some world leaders, but it’s not clear how many.     

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