Mercury News reports President Barack Obama, explaining US surveillance on the EU, says all nations in the world with intelligence services try to understand what other nations are thinking. He says that's why they have intelligence services.
Obama is pushing back against opposition from key allies who are upset about revelations regarding secret U.S. programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European Union offices, adds Mercury News.
Obama says the U.S. is still evaluating new reports in German news weekly Der Spiegel about the program. He says the U.S. will provide all the information European allies are requesting.