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Italy to back NSA spying case initiative

New EU initiative aims to reform guidelines governing relations

31 October, 16:58
Italy to back NSA spying case initiative (ANSA) - Rome, October 31 - Italy has decided to back the European Union initiative that aims to redefine the protocols that govern the bloc's collaboration with the US following the outbreak of the National Security Agenda spying scandal, according to a decision taken by government representatives at Thursday's inter-ministry committee on Italian security (Cisr).

The NSA scandal broke out earlier this year after former US NSA contractor Edward Snowden made revelations about massive eavesdropping of phone and Internet records carried out by the department. Since then, the press has been full of reports that the NSA was also spying on French, German, Spanish and Italian citizens, as well as the pope and the Vatican.