The Ambassador of the United States, James Costos, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation this morning to clarify information released relating to the mass spying system run by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.
The Government reiterated to the Ambassador its concern regarding information in the press in the last few days and underlined that every system must maintain the necessary balance between security and protecting the privacy and intimacy of communications, as clearly laid down in Spanish legislation.
Spain conveyed to the United States the importance of preserving a climate of confidence in bilateral relations and wished to know the scope of certain practices that are certainly inappropriate and unacceptable between partners and allied countries.
The Secretary of State for the European Union, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, referred to the diplomatic overtures of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Under Secretary of Political Affairs of the US Department of State in July and of the deputy Director-General of North America to the US Chargé d'Affaires in Madrid in August along with the activities of the ad hoc European Union-United States working group on data protection. He urged the United States authorities to provide all the information necessary on the alleged interceptions carried out in Spain.
Ambassador Costos replied that he would convey this concern to his authorities and declared his conviction that in the framework of existing collaboration in all spheres between the two countries, the Government of the United States would clear up any misunderstandings that might have arisen over this affair.