Iraq wants an explanation from American officials about a report suggesting the United States spied on Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi government spokesman said on Friday. The Washington Post said on Friday that a new book by U.S. journalist Bob Woodward reported that the United States spied on Maliki and other Iraqi leaders.
"If it is true ... it reflects that there is no trust," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement, cited by Reuters. Iraq will ask the United States for an explanation, according to him.
"If it is true, it casts a shadow on the future relations with such institutions," he added.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino declined to comment on the report. "We have extensive cooperation with Prime Minister Maliki. Our ambassador sees him almost daily," Perino told reporters. "To the extent that they (the Iraqi government) have any concerns, because we have the good relationship that we have with them. ... I'm sure that they'll be talking about it."