Obama may ban US spying on allied leaders

President Barack Obama is considering banning US intelligence collection on allied leaders, a senior Obama administration official has said.

Barack Obama has come under pressure to take steps to reassure Americans and allies over US surveillance policy. Credit: Reuters

Reports that eavesdropping included German Chancellor Angela Merkel have now extended to France, Italy, Spain and elsewhere.

The official said the US has made some individual changes in eavesdropping practices, but has not yet made across-the-broad policy changes such as ending intelligence collection aimed at allies.