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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

U.S. upset over alleged Russian phone tap

Can we all say "irony" together?

According to NBC News, United States officials are angry that Russia allegedly tapped into a senior official's phone call, recorded the comments and posted them on YouTube.

The problem? Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland was allegedly a bit upset about the European Union's slow reaction to on-going events in Ukraine.

Her comment about the E.U. was blunt and profane: "F*** the E.U."

The quote was quickly posted online by the Russian government and the U.S. -- home to the National Security Agency Scandal -- is not happy.

"The video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government. I think it says something about Russia's role," White House spokesman Jay Carney - a former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine and a Russia expert - said Thursday.

Nuland has apologized for her comment, but a State Department spokesman called the Russian tap "a new low in Russian tradecraft."

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Open and honest on the air, Bruce is deeply passionate about local and national issues affecting our community. Pamela brings a heavy news perspective while discussing the days most important topics.

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