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The cold open of "Saturday Night Live" sees President Obama trying to explain his selfie with the Danish prime minister. Then in walks German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper refers to a famous scene from the classic film in downplaying the tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone.
That's the claim from German news outlet Spiegel, which paints the US embassy as a "nest of espionage."
It's an ever-growing pastime: reading between the lines of US statements about its surveillance programs. The latest episode has to do with the German chancellor's concerns that her cell phone was tapped.
Following reported revelations of the US spying on allies, some European officials say it's now more difficult to trust the US.
A new report out of Germany cites the Edward Snowden documents in saying that the GCHQ spied on German Internet companies. It also offers more info on US monitoring of Germany's chancellor.
Some current and former U.S. intelligence officials say that the administration was not only aware of but OK'd the snooping, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The spying program was reportedly curtailed this past summer when the White House finally became aware of it, reports The Wall Street Journal.
While he fought hard to keep his BlackBerry when he entered the White House, the president says his daughters use their iPhones frequently.