Foreign minister says no surprise allies spy on each other
Bonino says Europe must work together on interception issue25 October, 14:19
"It is no shock to learn that friends spy on each other," Bonino said with a smile during a BBC interview that came amid reports the United States National Security Agency (NSA) spied on European government leaders. However, Italy does not have information it has been spied on by the United States, she said, denying press reports.
But, "I don't know what will emerge from other information," added Bonino.
She applauded a decision by European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to develop a protocol with the US on surveillance to have in place by year-end.
"It is important that the 28 countries of the EU speak with one voice," on this, said Bonino.
Reports of electronic surveillance dominated meetings of EU government leaders who agreed to take strong joint action against electronic surveillance by the US after reports it spied on 35 world leaders, including the Italian government as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.