(CNN) -- European officials reacted with fury Sunday after a report that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on EU offices.
The European Union warned that if the report is accurate, it will have tremendous repercussions.
"I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations,"
European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement. "If the
allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which
will have a severe impact on EU-US relations. On behalf of the European
Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information
speedily from the
German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
"said if the accusations were true it was reminiscent of the Cold
War," ministry spokesman Anders Mertzlufft said, adding that the minister
"has asked for an immediate explanation from the
The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that "the
The information came from secret documents obtained by Edward
Snowden, which the paper "has in part seen," according to the report.
"A 'top secret' 2010 document describes how the secret service attacked
the EU's diplomatic representation in
Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, said he had not seen the report and "would not comment on unauthorized disclosures of intelligence programs. The intelligence community would be the most appropriate to do that."
European Union spokeswoman Marlene Holzner, in a e-mail to CNN,
said, "We have immediately been in contact with the
Snowden, who has acknowledged leaking classified documents, is in
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden asked Ecuador "to please reject" the request for asylum, according to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, "The sooner he selects his final destination point, the better both for us and for himself."
A top Russian lawmaker said Sunday that
"It's not a matter of Snowden's usefulness to
"He is a political refugee and handing him over is morally
unacceptable," he said.
Is Edward Snowden
a hero, a traitor or something in between? Opinions about Snowden have been
swirling in the press and social media. Snowden admitted to leaking details of
a surveillance program run by the National Security Agency. "I'm neither
traitor nor hero. I'm an American," he told the South China Morning Post.
Below is a sampling of the broad range of opinions and perspectives published
in news and social media.
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