A senior administration official says the White House is considering ending its eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders.

The official said Monday a final decision has not been made and the move is still under review. But the fact that it is even being considered underscores the level of concern within the administration over the possible damage from the months-long spying scandal — including the most recent disclosure that the National Security Agency was monitoring the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl).

The official was not authorized to speak about the ongoing review by name and insisted on anonymity.