Spain opens initial inquiry into NSA spying claims

Spain has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations that it has been targeted by the US for surveillance, according to the country's prosecutor's office.

US ambassador in Spain, James Costos
US ambassador in Spain, James Costos, was summoned to a meeting with Spain's European Secretary of State in Madrid on Monday. Credit: Reuters

The inquiry will attempt to determine whether a crime was committed and whether Spain should consider opening a formal investigation.

On Monday, El Mundo newspaper claimed 60 million Spanish phone calls had been tracked by the Nation Security Agency in one month alone.

Spain has said it's unaware of any US spying and that it is confident Washington will provide a full explanation.

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