Amid Growing Controversy Merkel Defends Staff In Wake of Spy Revelations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her present and past chiefs of staff on Monday against criticism that they lied to the public about the prospects of a "no-spy agreement" with the United States.
The latest report said Washington never offered Germany a no-spy agreement after those revelations, despite statements from Merkel and senior aides during the campaign for Germany's general election held only a few months later.
Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, head of Merkel's Social Democratic junior coalition partners, last week publicly asked Merkel's role in the affair, which put strains on SPD's grand coalition with Merkel's Christian Democrats.