The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said that foreign allies regularly conduct espionage activities against American leaders and intelligence services.
His comments came in response to a series of questions during a hearing before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.
Mr Clapper also said spying on foreign leaders was a basic tenet of intelligence operations.
More top news
An RAC recovery driver securing a vehicle narrowly avoids being killed by a lorry driver who swerves across the motorway hard shoulder.
New guidance on when a "major incident" can be declared by hospitals has been criticised by Labour in a furious showdown in the Commons.
The late Bernard Jordan, who 'escaped' from his care home to travel to the D-Day commemorations, has left his entire estate to the RNLI.