The US ambassador to Spain arrived at the Foreign Ministry in Madrid on Monday with some awkward questions to face. Spanish newspaper El Mundo printed a graph alleged to be a US National Security Agency document, showing that sixty million calls were spied on in Spain between 10 December, 2012 to 8 January this year.
The newspaper claims it worked with Brazil-based journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has links to Edward Snowden, the ex-NSA contractor that leaked the top secret papers.
The US is also under fire over claims the NSA spied on German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls. Accusations have also surfaced of the French Foreign Ministry being targeted by US intelligence. Germany and France are now seeking a “no spy” deal with the US.
Hans-Peter Friedrich from the German Minister for the Interior was clear about his country’s dim view of the affair.
“What we are hearing now is totally unacceptable. Eavesdropping on the government and chancellor is not acceptable and we expect an apology and for this to end right now.”
US-EU relations have hit rock bottom since the scandal broke.
Despite US President Obama personally professing his ignorance to Angela Merkel, German newspaper Bild published a claim that in 2010, the NSA chief briefed Obama on the monitoring of Merkel.
With Spain now in the mix, the seeds of distrust only show signs of growing.