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US agency `spied on 3 French presidents’

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Published on June 26, 2015 with No Comments

France calls spying among allies `unacceptable’, summons US enovy
France summoned the US ambassador to complain about “unacceptable“ spying on President Francois Hollande and his two predecessors that was apparently revealed in leaked documents.
Hollande was due to discuss the documents released by WikiLeaks with US President Barack Obama.France “will not tolerate any acts that threaten its security“ the presidency said, after a meeting between Hollande and his top intelligence officials and cabinet ministers. US Ambassador Jane Hartley has also been summoned to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.The revelations follow allegations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.The latest documents, labelled `Top Secret’, appear to reveal spying on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande from 2006 to 2012.They were published by WikiLeaks in partnership with French newspaper Liberation and the Mediapart website.The leaked US papers were based on phone taps and filed in an NSA document labelled “Espionnage Elysée“ (Elysée Spy), The Guardian reported.The White House said it was not targeting Hollande’s communications and will not do so in future, but it did not comment on past activities.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said French citizens had a right to know their government was “subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally“, and promised more “timely and important“ revelations soon. Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 had revealed mass US surveillance, sparking global outrage. The Guardian reported at the time that the NSA had listened in on the calls of 35 world leaders. The new documents include five from the NSA, the most recent dated May 22, 2012, just days after Hollande took office.

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