NSA denies agency chief discussed Merkel operation with Obama in 2010
October 27th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
9 years ago

NSA denies agency chief discussed Merkel operation with Obama in 2010

Washington (CNN) - The NSA is denying a report in a German newspaper that the agency’s chief – Gen. Keith Alexander-had informed President Obama in 2010 about the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee’ Vines told CNN: "Gen. Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel. News reports claiming otherwise are not true."

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The Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday that Alexander personally informed Obama about the secret surveillance operation against Merkel in 2010. The newspaper reported that “Obama didn’t then stop the operation, but let it run on,” attributing the statement to a “trusted intelligence officer” involved with the NSA operation against Merkel.

The paper also reports that the White House then ordered from the NSA a wide-ranging dossier on the Chancellor because Obama, according to the “high-ranking NSA official,” did not trust Merkel and wanted to know everything about her. “Who is this woman exactly?” Obama supposedly asked.

At the White House, a National Security Council spokeswoman repeated previous statements made in response to the alleged Merkel monitoring and reports about when Obama was purportedly aware of it.

“We are not going to comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity, and as a matter of policy we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations,” NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Harold Richards

    Isn't the guy who pledged to end the Partriot Act, the same guy who signed the renewal and also expanded the NSA's power by secret court order?

    October 27, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Michael Benjamin

    Running for president and being president are worlds apart.

    October 27, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Watching Fox News, and knowing the truth are worlds apart.

    October 27, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Give up Facebook and Twitter then come back and complain about the NSA.

    October 27, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Geordie

    President Obama , doesn't know or doesn't remember........ , this is how we will remember him.

    October 27, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Fair is fair

    I deny reading this article

    October 27, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Rob

    Yet ANOTHER thing Obama knows nothing about? Seems he knows nothing about everything.

    October 27, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Denials don't mean much, when you KNOW they will deny it.

    October 27, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Neil

    If its good news, then it was Obama's idea from the start. If it is good news OBAMA is a genius, a living god.
    If it is bad news?? Obama never knew about, and never authorized. He is clear of all blame. So pathetic.
    When Bush was president he was responsible for everything except good information of course. If a guy got a paper cut in Peoria during the Bush years then it was Bush's fault according to ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN. The news media is so pathetic.

    October 27, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Americans you guys seems to losing all of your sense of intelligence, what's wrong with all of you? Edward snowmen is not doing any of this for the love of country, that smelly rat profited big time from all of the, he and that British reporters should be charge with treason big time. They are the ones who should be punished for unleashing all of this on president Obama and his administration, they hatred for the black man yes I said it they hatred for the black president in the White House is sending their Prozac filled brain into the toilet. This monitoring of phone conversations have been going on for a very long time and if you think that other countries are not doing the same well you all are more dumber than I thought. In a years time when Russia realized that smelly snowmen have nothing more to offer them they will kick him out of the côuntry and he wlll come home łike the smelly rat that he is and I hope that the u.s escort him back with the biggest chain they have.

    October 27, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. A True Conservative

    Of course he denies it....Sgt Shult.....I mean the President knows nothing!! He seems to know less and less about more and more....I guess he knows nothing about everything.....

    October 28, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |