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Italy Summons U.S. Ambassador After Reports U.S. Spied on Berlusconi

U.S. intelligence services accused of tapping former prime minister's phone

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ROME — Italy’s foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the U.S. ambassador after media reports that U.S. intelligence services tapped the telephones of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his aides in 2011.

Newspaper La Repubblica reported the U.S. National Security Agency spied on the billionaire four-time prime minister five years ago when his government was under pressure at the height of the euro zone debt crisis.

Ambassador John Phillips was due to go to the foreign ministry in the afternoon, a ministry official said.

La Repubblica said whistleblowing site Wikileaks revealed the 79-year-old media tycoon and head of Italy’s main centre-right party had been in the NSA’s crosshairs between 2008 and 2011.

Though Berlusconi‘s influence has waned since he left government, he is still a prominent figure and leads Forza Italia, the second-largest party on the fragmented right wing of Italian politics.

Jewels in the crown of his business empire include TV company Mediaset and a majority stake in soccer team AC Milan.

Germany’s federal prosecutor opened an investigation into the alleged tapping of Chacnellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the NSA but closed it after a year in June 2015, saying there was a lack of evidence that would stand up in court.

Staunch Berlusconi ally and Forza Italia member Renato Brunetta said there had been a “conspiracy” to bring down Berlusconi, and warned current Prime Minister Matteo Renzi not to take the allegations too calmly.

“Let’s not forget how the ratings agencies downgraded Italy for no reason other than to push Berlusconi out,” Brunetta said on Twitter. In the past, Berlusconi has repeatedly accused European Union officials of a “plot” to force him out of government. Berlusconi resigned in November 2011 and was replaced by former European Commissioner Mario Monti.

A book by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner released in Italy in 2014 suggested EU officials had approached the United States with a project to force Berlusconi to step down.

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