Angela Merkel is not impressed. Nor are other European leaders.

The latest revelations of spying by the National Security Agency of high ranking politicians of allied countries has forced President Obama’s administration into damage control. Questions have been asked about how much was Obama aware of the extent of the NSA surveillance program, and if not, why not?

The latest furore emerged after documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed world leaders were among those whose phone numbers have been tapped by the NSA.

Meanwhile, new evidence has also emerged from Snowden’s files showing more extensive monitoring of private Internet communications than previously acknowledged by the NSA. It has been revealed that the NSA employed special hacking software to obtain backdoor access to private Google and Yahoo accounts. They have been able to circumvent US privacy laws by infiltrating web-based traffic between overseas data centers.

The level of outrage with the surveillance activities of the United States offers further vindication of Snowden’s claim to have released the information in the public interest.

Should Snowden expect an apology and a special Presidential pardon soon from the Obama administration? While he deserves it, I don’t think Snowden should hold his breath.