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US about to face more criticism over alleged spying

BRUSSELS (AP) - France and Germany are requesting bilateral talks with the U.S. to resolve a dispute over electronic spying.

Allegations that the U.S. swept up 70 million phone records in France and tapped the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel overshadowed a European summit that just ended in Brussels.

Sweden's prime minister told the summit it's "completely unacceptable" for a country to eavesdrop on an allied leader. And Italian Premier Enrico Letta told reports, "We want the truth."

The British newspaper The Guardian said Thursday that it obtained a confidential memo that suggests U.S. intelligence was able to monitor the communications of 35 world leaders in 2006.

The memo says the National Security Agency encouraged senior officials at the White House, Pentagon and other agencies to share their contacts so it could add foreign leaders' phone numbers to its surveillance systems.


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