Top US senator opposes NSA spying on allies

Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, said she is "totally opposed" to the NSA collecting intelligence on its allies and said that oversight of such surveillance needs to be strengthened,

Senator Dianne Feinstein has come out against US spying on its allies. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Her comments follow reports that the US has spied on German chancellor Angela Merkel for years and monitored millions of Spanish phone calls.

Ms Feinstein said: "Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers."