Italy PM: gov't communications not compromised



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ROME (AP) - Italian Premier Enrico Letta has told Parliament that no communications by Italy's political leaders or its embassies worldwide were compromised by the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance work.

Letta reported to lawmakers Wednesday on the results of intelligence checks and international queries. He also said there is no evidence that the privacy of ordinary Italians was violated by Italian or foreign intelligence activity, and that U.S. authorities have assured him that intelligence gathering has not been `'systematically" used against Italy.

Letta had previously given similar assurances to a closed-door briefing to a parliamentary commission.

U.S. leaker Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's spying programs have sparked concern among politicians in countries from Latin America to Europe.

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