published: 24.10.2013, 18:32 | updated: 24.10.2013 18:37:01
Brussels - It is "absolutely unacceptable" for foreign secret services to monitor sovereign country leader´s phone calls, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok said after he arrived for a EU summit today in reaction to suspected hacking of German Chancellor Angela Merkel´s mobile phone by U.S. intelligence.
Rusnok said he cannot guarantee that similar surveillance did not concern Czech top representatives.
"All us realists know that new technology has wonderful possibilities but also its darker sides," he said in Brussels.
Foreign media speculated that the Italian government might have been monitored in this way, too.
Rusnok said the Czech Republic respected that the alleged U.S. spying is a big issue in some countries now, but he said the topics of the summit were different and set in advance.
He noted that the Czech Republic had rules for dealing with classified information, indicating that wiretapped phones should not endanger any such information.
Merkel talked about the suspected surveillance with U.S. President Barack Obama earlier today. French President Francois Hollande called Obama earlier this week over the spying suspicions concerning French telephones.
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