Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WikiLeaks Release: NSA Spied on Three French Presidents

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The US National Security Agency spied on three French presidents, according to top-secret documents released Tuesday by whisteblower group WikiLeaks.
The US spy agency targeted the communications of French presidents Francois Hollande (2012–present), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012), and Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), as well as French cabinet ministers and the French Ambassador to the United States, WikiLeaks said in a release announcing the documents.
"The revelation of the extent of US spying against French leaders and diplomats echoes a previous disclosure in the German press concerning US spying on the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials," the release states. "That disclosure provoked a political scandal in Germany, eventuating in an official inquiry into German intelligence co-operation with the United States, which is still ongoing."
According to WikiLeaks, the documents include a communication showing that French President Francois Hollande approved a secret meeting with German opposition figures – without the knowledge of Merkel – to discuss the euro-zone crisis, and that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to resume peace talks between Israel and Palestine without US involvement.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said: "The French people have a right to know that their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally. We are proud of our work with leading French publishers Liberation and Mediapart to bring this story to light. French readers can expect more timely and important revelations in the near future."

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