Newly leaked documents by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA eavesdropped on hundreds of phone numbers belonging to dozens of world leaders, the London Guardian reports, adding that an NSA memo asking colleagues to share information yielded 200 phone numbers, including 35 belonging to world leaders. They are not named.
US spying on world leaders was the hottest issue at the EU summit Thursday. Efforts made by the White House to allay Berlin’s indignation over the discovery that the NSA monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone fell on deaf ears. After Merkel called Barack Obama Wednesday to voice her outrage, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle summoned US Ambassador John B. Emerson for a dressing-down Thursday.