Fallout on US spying scandal spreads to Capitol Hill
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) said Monday that the Senate Intelligence Committee which she heads had not been informed of “certain surveillance activities” for more than a decade, she was “totally opposed to collecting intelligence on leaders of US allies – including France, Spain, Mexico and Germany” and would initiate a major review of the NSA operation. Sen. Feinstein said the White House had informed her that “collection on our allies would not continue.” However, administration officials later stressed that a final decision on the matter has not been made.
National Intelligence director James Clapper is expected to face questions when he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
A large delegation of European Union lawmakers is in Washington to discuss the allegations.
The LA Times reports anger in NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies over President Obama’s denial that he knew about the spying. They claimed that the White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders.