The White House is under fire again for new revelations about the scope of the NSA’s surveillance programs. According to CNN, the latest documents allegedly leaked by Edward Snowden show that the NSA was not only monitoring U.S. phone calls and emails, but also those of foreign leaders – including some European allies. According to The Guardian, German chancellor Angela Merkel accused the US of tapping her phone on Wednesday.
The Guardian references a leaked NSA memo encouraging officials to turn over their personal “rolodexes” so the agency can add the phone numbers of top foreign officials to their surveillance system. It is said that one official turned over 200 names, including 35 world leaders.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes that Snowden’s leaks have hurt America’s ability to defend itself and calls him a traitor.