U.S. Ambassador To Rome Summoned

The American Ambassador to Rome has been summoned by the Italian foreign ministry for “clarifications” after Italian media reported that a U.S. intelligence agency intercepted phone calls by then-Premier Silvio Berlusconi and some of his aids in 2011.

Local newspapers reported that the alleged spying occurred amid international worry about the ability of Berlusconi’s government to handle a worsening debt crisis…the pressure from which forced him to resign. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. on the summoning or on how the meeting went.