October 29th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

House Committee To Question Spy Chiefs About Phone Tapping Allegations

The House Intelligence Committee is set to question U.S. spy chiefs about accusations that the National Security Agency has tapped not only the phone calls of millions of Americans, but those of top U.S. allies.

Among those on the hot seat will be Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

Germany's interior minister said Monday that his country's confidence in the United States is shaken, amid claims the NSA monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone.

"If the Americans intercepted cell phones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil," Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that he wants "complete information on all accusations."

"The confidence in our ally, U.S.A., is shaken," Friedrich said, according to Bild am Sonntag.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks from London to "New Day's" Kate Bolduan to give the international perspective.

Amanpour says most citizens expect surveillance as part of a larger security measure but this feels beyond that need.

“What’s really appalled people over here and in the United States, is the amount of data collection that’s going on against ordinary people.”



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