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Bugging scandal threatens US-EU trade ties

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Even close allies did not escape the all-seeing NSA surveillance eye. New reports indicate that the National Security Agency not only spied on American citizens but also European allies. A contractor named Ed Snowden's disclosure of alleged secret NSA programs to collect U.S. and international data triggered concern and outrage in Germany and other European countries. According to some reports, the German government will also question President Obama about the program. The statements come as the new allegations emerge that the NSA surveilled EU members offices in the US, Brussels and the UN. Key allies are threatening an investigation leading to possible sanctions against the US. A spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Sunday the EU contacted U.S. authorities in Washington and Brussels about the reports. The NSA's program has proven to be so pervasive and the backlash so severe that some have speculated that it could threaten the Transatlantic Trade agreement, the investment partnership between Europe and the US. However, some experts say there is little chance that will happen. With an economic crisis in Europe members of the EU and the US plan to forge a deal by November 2014. Two US officials familiar with American electronic espionage programs are not commenting on the allegations. Speaking on the condition of anonymity in discussing sensitive national security matters they said that multinational institutions are routine targets for both technological and human intelligence http://www.presstv.ir/



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