WikiLeaks: USA Spying on 3 French Presidents

WikiLeaks: USA Spying on 3 French Presidents
Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:59:45

Leaked documents show that NSA wiretapped current leader Francois Hollande as well as two former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, Al-Alam News Network reports.


The United States wiretapped France's former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as current leader Francois Hollande, according to documents released by WikiLeaks.

The spying spanned 2006 to 2012, French newspaper Liberation and the Mediapart website, said on Tuesday, quoting documents classed as "Top Secret" which include five reports from the US National Security Agency based on intercepted communications.

The most recent document is dated May 22, 2012, just days before Hollande took office, and reveals that the French leader "approved holding secret meetings in Paris to discuss the Eurozone crisis, particularly the consequences of a Greek exit from the Eurozone".

Another document dated 2008 was titled "Sarkozy sees himself as only one who can resolve world financial crisis".

Hollande called a meeting of his defense council to discuss the reports on Wednesday.

Ever since documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed in 2013 that the NSA had been eavesdropping on the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it had been understood that the US had been using the digital spying agency to intercept the conversations of allied politicians.

Still, the new revelations are bound to cause diplomatic embarrassment for the Americans, even though allies have been spying on allies for thousands of years.

Hollande said last year that he discussed his concerns about NSA surveillance with President Barack Obama during a visit to the US, and they patched up their differences.

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