ROME: Secretary of State John Kerry promised Wednesday that U.S. authorities would look into whether their intelligence services may have illegally intercepted Italian telecoms data, an Italian government source said.
Kerry met Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta during a visit to Rome, where he faced fresh questions about mass spying on European allies after revelations by Edward Snowden, the former U.S. intelligence operative.
“The question was brought up to verify reports about possible violations of privacy rules,” a source in the Italian prime minister’s office said following the meeting.
“We encountered a cooperative attitude and were assured that the U.S. administration has put the issue under review.”
A U.S. official said Kerry had briefly discussed the recent reports of U.S. intelligence gathering with Letta.
“Secretary Kerry made clear that our goal is to find the right balance between protecting the security and the privacy of our citizens and that this work will continue, as will our close consultations with our friends, including Italy,” he said.