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Italy: US ambassador summoned over Berlusconi spying reports

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By Euronews
Italy: US ambassador summoned over Berlusconi spying reports

<p>Italy’s foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador, over reports that American intelligence services tapped the phones of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his aides.</p> <p>It is claimed the <span class="caps">NSA</span> spied on Berlusconi when his government was under pressure at the height of the eurozone debt crisis in 2011.</p> <p>The newspaper La Repubblica said whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks showed the 79-year-old media tycoon had been in the security agency’s crosshairs between 2008 and 2011.</p> <p>The ministry has called for “specific clarifications” about what happened.</p>