Intelligence Officials: Actually, the White House Did Know About Spying on Allies

Despite the White House denying that they knew anything about the National Security Administration spying on world leaders, intelligence officials released some… awkward information. Via LA Times:

The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.

Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies. …