US Won’t Say If They Tapped Merkel’s Phone

White House Will Only Say They Aren't Doing It Anymore

Desperately trying to tamp down the NSA outrage of the day, President Obama called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to assure her that the current phone call he was placing just then was not being monitored by the NSA.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to elaborate on the issue, but not much, insisting that the US isn’t currently monitoring Merkel’s cellphone and won’t try to do so in the future.

Tellingly, however, Carney openly refused to answer questions about whether the NSA had been monitoring Merkel’s phone calls in the past, saying only that the US is “reviewing the way we gather intelligence.”

Which amounts to a non-denial, because the whole report about the NSA monitoring Merkel’s calls centered on what the NSA had been doing before the article was written, and that they stopped after the jig was up is neither particularly revealing nor likely to be of much comfort to Merkel.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of