WARSAW–U.S. attempts to spy on European institutions are scandalous if true and will weigh on U.S. relations with Europe as a whole as well as with individual countries, said Poland’s prime minister Tuesday.
Donald Tusk was responding to earlier reports that the National Security Agency spied on European institutions.
“If it’s confirmed that U.S. or American institutions have eavesdropped on institutions in Europe, it’s a scandal,” Mr. Tusk told a press conference Tuesday. “Poland, in its bilateral relations, and the EU as a whole won’t leave this without a detailed explanation. It’s a big problem in relations and a big problem for the reputation of the United States.”
U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday the country was reviewing the allegations and that every intelligence service seeks “additional insight beyond what’s available through open sources.”
France and Germany Monday demanded that Washington respond to the revelations by former government contractor Edward Snowden. On Tuesday, the Twitter account known to be used by Poland’s foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said Poland will seek explanations “of NSA’s activities regarding Poland and the European Union.”
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