Italy And Asia Comment On NSA Spying
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Enrico Letta says no communications by Italy's political leaders or its embassies worldwide were compromised by the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance work.
Letta reported to Parliament today on the results of intelligence checks and international queries. He also says there's no evidence that the privacy of ordinary Italians was violated by Italian or foreign intelligence activity, and that U.S. authorities have assured him that intelligence gathering has not been "systematically" used against Italy.
Letta had previously given similar assurances to a closed-door briefing to a parliamentary commission.
U.S. leaker Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's spying programs have sparked concern among politicians in countries from Latin America to Europe.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's intelligence agency chief says Australia has agreed to stop eavesdropping on the phones of senior Indonesian leaders.
Indonesia recently recalled its ambassador to Australia in response to the allegation.
The intelligence chief says Indonesia has "downgraded" its relations with Australia and is reviewing bilateral cooperation on issues with its neighbor.