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U.S. spy chief says allies spy on America's leaders, intelligence services

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday that foreign allies regularly conduct espionage activities against American leaders and intelligence services.

In response to a series of questions during a hearing before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Clapper said spying on foreign leaders was a basic tenet of intelligence operations.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria and Deborah Charles; editing by Christopher Wilson)