Obama talks spy scandal, Egypt on Tanzania trip

US President Barack Obama on Monday said he would fully inform European allies angry over allegations Washington had bugged their offices, once he had all the facts.

Obama talks spy scandal, Egypt on Tanzania trip

US President Barack Obama on Monday said he would fully inform European allies angry over allegations that Washington had bugged their offices, once he had all the facts.

"When we have an answer, we will make sure to provide all the information that our allies want," Obama said at a press conference in Tanzania.

The European Union, Paris and Berlin have demanded answers from Washington, following the latest spying claims attributed to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden.

The report in German weekly Der Spiegel detailed covert surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on EU diplomatic missions.

Obama said the United States will "take a look at this article and figure out what they may or not be talking about. What we will do is communicate with our allies appropriately."

Whilst stopping short of acknowledging any spying by the US, he suggested all parties systematically snoop on either other.

"In European capitals there are people who are interested, if not in what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points would be if I am talking to their leaders," Obama said.

But he also underlined his close relations with European allies, adding that "if I want to know what Chancellor Merkel is thinking, I will call Chancellor (Angela) Merkel", and in the same manner, with French President Francois Hollande.

One document, dated September 2010 and classed as "strictly confidential", describes how the NSA kept tabs on the European Union's mission in Washington, Der Spiegel said.

Microphones were installed in the building and the computer network was infiltrated, giving the agency access to emails and internal documents.

The EU delegation at the United Nations was subject to similar surveillance, Der Spiegel said, adding that the spying also extended to the 28-member bloc's Brussels headquarters.

"Here's one thing (US and other intelligence services) are going to be doing, they are going to be trying to understand the world better, and what is going on in capitals around the world," he said, adding that "they are seeking additional insight beyond what is available from open sources."

Obama: 'Everybody must show restraint' in Egypt

US President Barack Obama on Monday called on all parties in Egypt to show restraint in mass protests against President Mohamed Morsi, and specifically warned against attacks on women.

"Everybody has to show restraint," Obama said at a press conference in Tanzania, adding that "for those who are participating in these protests or marches, assaulting women does not qualify as peaceful protests".

Egypt's opposition earlier on Monday gave Morsi a day to quit or face civil disobedience after deadly protests demanded the country's first democratically elected president step down after just a year in office.

"What is clear right now is that although Mr Morsi was elected democratically, there is more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels their voices are heard," Obama said.

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