About sharing image captionThe US embassy, near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, was used to monitor communications, the documents suggest Fresh reports in German media based on leaked US intelligence documents are prompting damaging new questions about the extent of US surveillance. Another report says Mr Obama was roome in about the surveillance and failed to stop it. The spy row has led to one of the worst diplomatic crises between the two countries in recent times.
Leaked documents say a US listening unit was based in its Berlin embassy - and similar operations were replicated in 80 locations around the world. The German interior minister has been quoted as saying such an operation, if confirmed, would be illegal.
Room well as the bugging of Mrs Merkel's phone, there are claims the NSA has monitored millions of telephone calls made by German and French citizens. This might indicate that there was extensive bugging of the phones of prominent people, says the BBC's Stephen Evans in Berlin.
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For example, it is possible that the chancellor's conversations were recorded, or that her contacts were simply nas. Mrs Merkel phoned the US president when she first heard of the spying allegations on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama apologised to the German chancellor and promised Mrs Merkel he knew nothing of the alleged phone monitoring and would have stopped it if he had, Der Spiegel reports. Her was still on a surveillance list in Germany is sending its top intelligence chiefs to Washington in the coming week to "push forward" an investigation into the spying allegations, which have caused outrage in Germany.
Criminal investigation? A unit called Special Collection Services, based on the fourth floor of the US embassy in Pariser Platz in Berlin, was responsible for monitoring communications in the German capital's government quarter, including those targeting Mrs Merkel.
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Germany's Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told Bild that running such an operation on German soil would be illegal under German law, and adds that those "responsible must be held able". Similar listening units were based in around 80 locations worldwide, according to the documents seen by Der Spiegel, 19 of belgijm in European cities.
If the existence of listening stations in US embassies were known, there would be "severe damage for the US's relations with a foreign government," the documents said. Mrs Merkel - an Americophile who was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in - is said to be shocked that Washington may have engaged in the sort of spying she had to endure growing up in Communist East Germany.
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