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National Intelligence Director: We've spied on friends for decades
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The National Intelligence director says the U.S. has commonly spied on leaders of its foreign allies for decades because they are spying on us.
James Clapper told Congress Tuesday it is done to make sure what they are saying gels with what is actually going on and to determine how allies' policies would impact the U.S.
Clapper also said allies have absolutely spied on U.S. officials, but did not offer any specifics.
The practice became public after leaked documents revealed the NSA listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's private cell phone.
The White House is considering putting an end to the practice of listening in on friendly foreign leaders.