'Clear' problem with US intelligence, says undersecretary
'End doesn't justify means' says Minniti29 October, 13:04
The Italian government was reportedly among many foreign administrations whose phone and Internet communications were monitored by America's National Security Agency (NSA).
US President Barack Obama has said that national security operations were being reassessed to make sure the NSA's spying was kept under control after reports of its activities in Europe caused a major furore.
"Intelligence cannot be a forest where everything is allowed," Minniti said.
"It's not true that the end justifies the means. If the means are not correct than the end is invalidated too. "We have asked our American allies what the situation is and we also have the independent capacity to verify what we are told. "It's a very difficult, unprecedented time for the world of intelligence". Renato Brunetta, the Lower House whip for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, called for Premier Enrico Letta to report to parliament on the spying scandal. "It's fundamentally important to have clarity on such a delicate, serious affair," Brunetta said via his Twitter account. "Letta should report to parliament as soon as possible".