France and Germany are urging the United States to come clean over claims that its intelligence services have been spying on key EU offices.
A report in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine said European Union offices in the US and Europe had been bugged.
targets included the French, Italian and Greek embassies in the US, according to leaked documents later mentioned by the Guardian newspaper.
Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden is said to be the source of the leaks.
Mr Snowden — who was also a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) — has since requested asylum in Ecuador. He is currently believed to be staying at Moscow’s airport — via redwolf.newsvine.com