Embarrassment for Angela Merkel as Germany is accused of spying on the French and European Commission on behalf of the US | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Embarrassment for Angela Merkel as Germany is accused of spying on the French and European Commission on behalf of the US

Angela Merkel's government was under pressure this evening over claims that German intelligence services spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of the Americans.

The revelation comes months after Mrs Merkel railed against America over reports fuelled by whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US spy agency the NSA was guilty of hacking her own mobile telephone.

The government refused to comment today on stories in the German press, claiming that it would only answer to a parliamentary committee 'in due course.'

Privately, Mrs Merkel and her closest aides are fuming at the intelligence leak and have ordered a security clampdown.

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