11/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

White House: Spying Misconduct, Which Included Eavesdropping On Phone Sex, Must Be Investigated

The White House spokesperson Dana Perino said today that she couldn't speak to the accuracy of an ABC news report that came out last week citing misconduct in the government's domestic eavesdropping program --misconduct that included listening in on phone sex. Perino did say that such misconduct should be investigated, however.

via AFP

Spokeswoman Dana Perino declined to comment directly on a report by ABC television that National Security Agency officials routinely listened to intimate conversations and sometimes shared recordings with colleagues.

Asked whether she disputed the report, which was based on interviews with two former military intercept officers, Perino told reporters: "I don't have facts on that in terms of what the NSA would or would not have done."

"But what I can tell you is that the tools that we have should always be used appropriately and lawfully. And if there was misconduct, it should be investigated," she said.

Previously: Domestic Wiretapping First Hand Account: NSA Listened To Phone Sex