Spain satisfied with US explanation for spying

"As long as there are no new developments, I have nothing to add to what I have said about this previously," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Spain satisfied with US explanation for spying

World Bulletin / News Desk

Spain's prime minister said in a visit to President Barack Obama on Monday that the Spanish government had received satisfactory answers to its questions about the scale and scope of U.S. surveillance practices.

Reports last year that the United States had been eavesdropping on the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and spying on the leaders and citizens of some of its closest allies, such as Germany, France and Spain, had generated harsh criticism across Europe.

Obama is to announce the results of a months-long review into U.S. surveillance practices on Friday in a speech at the Justice Department and is expected to tighten restrictions on spying on foreign leaders.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, in an Oval Office meeting with Obama, was asked by reporters if Spain still had concerns about spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Rajoy said the Spanish government had been in touch with U.S. diplomats in Spain and the U.S. government "at other levels" on this subject and concluded that "the explanations were satisfactory."

"As long as there are no new developments, I have nothing to add to what I have said about this previously," Rajoy said.

Obama met several U.S. lawmakers as well as officials from the intelligence community last week as he firms up his intelligence reforms.

Obama's actions are a direct result of the revelations disclosed by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is now living in asylum in Russia.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama is likely to offer a mix of reforms that include some actions he can take on his own and some that would require congressional approval.

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