China, other Asian angry over embassy spy reports

Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) — China and Southeast Asian governments have demanded an explanation from Washington over media reports that U.S. and Australian embassies in the region were involved in spying on them.

The reports come amid an international outcry over allegations the U.S. has spied on the telephone communications of as many as 35 foreign leaders.

A document from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, published this week by German magazine Der Spiegel, describes a signals intelligence program called "Stateroom" in which U.S., British, Australian and Canadian embassies secretly house surveillance equipment to collect electronic communications.

Those countries, along with New Zealand, have an intelligence-sharing agreement known as "Five Eyes."

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