Turkey summons US envoy over spying report

Turkey summons US envoy over spying report
Mon Sep 1, 2014 16:12:04

Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned the US charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.

German magazine Der Spiegel revealed in an article on its website Sunday that the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency had carried out "wide-scale spying against Turkey," citing documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

"For the reasons that the United States' name was mentioned, and such claims were made ... the charge d'affaires has been called to the Foreign Ministry and information has been received from him," Arinc told reporters after the first meeting of Turkey's new cabinet following a presidential election.

The report comes weeks after the magazine said Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency had been spying on Turkey for years.

That report drew an angry reaction from Ankara, which described it as "absolutely unacceptable" if true.


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