Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Espionage: US Ambassador summoned to the Quai d’Orsay – Les Echos

+ VIDEO According to Wikileaks, the NSA spied communications Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande from 2006 to 2012.

The White House has refused to comment Tuesday or deny reports that the United States spied the last three French presidents but she assured Tuesday that it did not target the communications of French President Francois Hollande and that she would not do it. “We do not target and we will not be targeting the communications of the President Hollande,” said Ned Price, spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC), without elaborating on the operations that have been conducted in the past.

“This is unacceptable among allies,” said iTELE on Stéphane Le Foll, spokesman for the French government. The Defence Council convened by Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday condemned the “unacceptable acts”. “France will not tolerate jeopardizes involving its security,” said the Elysee. The ambassador of the United States in Paris Jane D. Hartley was convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this subject.

Ned Price had said the United States is working “closely with France on all subjects of international dimension and French are indispensable partners.” Earlier, the US executive had refused to comment – or deny – reports that the United States had spied at least between 2006 and 2012, the last three French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy Francois Hollande.

“Overall, we do not conduct surveillance operations to abroad unless there is a specific national security objective and validated, “he stressed. “This applies to ordinary citizens as world leaders”


Defense Council

Following the release of such information by the daily Libération and the site Mediapart, which are based on WikiLeaks documents, Francois Hollande decided to convene Wednesday morning “Defence Council” to “assess the nature” of that information. The plays of Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande by the US intelligence agency NSA constitute in themselves the main information supplied by the two media published documents containing no startling revelations


The document most recently on 22 May 2012, a few days after the inauguration of Francois Hollande. It reports of secret meetings to discuss a possible Greek exit from the eurozone. The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, however, said Tuesday that further revelations would come soon.


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