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NSA 'monitored 60m Spanish calls'

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Activists demonstrate against the electronic surveillance tactics of the NSA in BerlinThe spying allegations have caused outrage in many European countries

The US National Security Agency secretly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month, Spanish media say.

The reports say the latest allegations came from documents provided by the fugitive US analyst Edward Snowden.

They say the NSA collected the numbers and locations of the caller and the recipient, but not the calls' content.

This comes as a European Union parliamentary delegation prepares for a series of meetings in Washington.

The officials from the European parliament's Civil Liberties Committee will speak to members of Congress to convey concerns and gather information.

Mass surveillance

The White House has so far declined to comment on Monday's claims about US spying in Spain, published in the newspapers El Pais and El Mundo.

The reports say the NSA tracked millions of phone calls, texts and emails from Spanish citizens between 10 December 2012 and 8 January this year.

The US ambassador to Madrid has been summoned to meet a Spanish foreign ministry official later on Monday to discuss earlier allegations about US spying on Spanish citizens and politicians.

It follows German media reports that the US was bugging Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone for more than a decade - and that the surveillance only ended a few months ago.

Mrs Merkel is sending her country's top intelligence chiefs to Washington this week to "push forward" an investigation into the spying allegations, which have caused outrage in Germany.

Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that the NSA had monitored the phones of 35 world leaders. Again Mr Snowden was the source of the report.

The head of the European parliament delegation, British MEP Claude Moraes, told the BBC it was the scale of the NSA's alleged surveillance that was worrying.

"The headline news, that 35 leaders had their phones tapped is not the real crux of the issue," he said.

"It really is the El Mundo type story, that millions of citizens of countries... had their landlines and other communications tapped. So it's about mass surveillance. It's about scale and proportionality."

He said a priority of the European mission was to discuss the impact of American spying on EU citizens' fundamental right to privacy.

The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris says that with every new allegation, demands are growing in Europe - and in Germany in particular - for explanations and for guarantees of a change in culture.

EU leaders have said that distrust of the US over spying could harm the fight against terrorism.

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