ISTANBUL : Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006. Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing intelligence with NATO partner Turkey, the United States and its ally Britain have been conducting extensive electronic surveillance on the Turkish leadership. The German weekly said that the information was based on documents released by the fugitive former National Security Agency (NSA) operative Edward Snowden who has taken asylum in Russia. “The US charge d’affaires has been summoned to the foreign ministry to demand an explanation,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters in Ankara in televised comments.
The new US ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, is yet to arrive in Ankara.