French newspaper Le Monde published on Monday an article revealing that the American National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting telephone calls in that country “on a massive scale.” Soon afterwards, the Spanish intelligence discovered a similar case of “cyber-espionage” in Spain. The main difference –according to the secret services, was that “there has not been espionage against the Spanish politicians.”
However, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation José Manuel García-Margallo said on Tuesday that the government “does not have knowledge” of espionage work by the American NSA on Spanish citizens. He added that, “had there been such practices, the government would have reacted consequently.”
After the press conference before the External Relations Commission in the Spanish Congress, the Spanish minister explained:
“We don’t have answers regarding this issue, nor have we knowledge of any case of espionage of Spanish citizens. (…) If we were aware of any such case, we would contact the US Ambassador to let him know our position on that issue,” he added.