Spying on the leaders of allied countries is “nothing special, and it’s certainly nothing new,” Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
“Leadership intentions were a very high priority for the life of the National Security Agency,” Hayden, former head of the NSA and the CIA said.
He refused to comment on specific cases when asked by “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer if he ever spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Hayden said he took President Barack Obama’s statement that he knew nothing of the tapping of Merkel’s cellphone “at face value,” and said he could imagine circumstances where the president would not have been informed.
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