German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a government statement as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday that countries who spy on their allies risk destroying trust, resulting in less rather than more security.Among the allegations to surface from secret U.S. government documents released by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden last year are that friendly countries and their leaders – including Merkel – have been the target of electronic eavesdropping.The U.S. says its surveillance programs focus on threats to national security, including terrorism. Merkel, whose own mobile phone was allegedly monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency, is planning to travel to Washington in coming months for talks with President Barack Obama.
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