US on Spying Scandal 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

Many commentators in the US see surveillance like the NSA's alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel's phone as a necessary fact of life. The White House is trying to limit the damage -- but the snooping will go on.
Barack Obama with Angela Merkel during his visit to Berlin in June 2013.

Barack Obama with Angela Merkel during his visit to Berlin in June 2013.

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