U. S. spied on three French presidents, says Wikileaks

(AGI) Rome, June 24 - Tensions have risen between the U.S. andFrance after Wikileaks revealed that U.S. intelligence spied onthe last three French presidents. After an emergency meeting ofthe Defence Council, French President Francois Hollande said:"Between allies this is unacceptable and incomprehensible."French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned theAmerican ambassador, Jane Hartley, to explain. She will bereceived on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Quai d'Orsay. Later MrHollande and U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss the issuein a phone call. The new facts follow revelations that the U.S.National Security Agency

(AGI) Rome, June 24 - Tensions have risen between the U.S. andFrance after Wikileaks revealed that U.S. intelligence spied onthe last three French presidents. After an emergency meeting ofthe Defence Council, French President Francois Hollande said:"Between allies this is unacceptable and incomprehensible."French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned theAmerican ambassador, Jane Hartley, to explain. She will bereceived on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Quai d'Orsay. Later MrHollande and U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss the issuein a phone call. The new facts follow revelations that the U.S.National Security Agency (NSA) spied on German ChancellorAngela Merkel when she was leader of the CDU party in 2000. TheNSA spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and the currentpresident Francois Hollande from 2006 to May 2012, according todocuments classified as top secret and released by Wikileaks.The agency also tapped the phones of several ministers, MPs anddiplomats. However, the main news is the spying itself. Theonly noteworthy details were Mr Sarkozy's bid to startIsraeli-Palestinian peace talks without involving the U.S., orthat Mr Hollande feared Greece would leave the eurozone in May2012. The documents also showed that Germany's BND intelligenceagency had cooperated with the NSA to spy on officials andcompanies in Europe, and allowed the Americans to use its BadAibling listening post in Bavaria to spy on the Frenchpresident and the EU in Brussels. The founder of Wikileaks,Julian Assange, has pledged that new revelations would follow.National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said: "We are nottargeting and will not target the communications of PresidentHollande." .

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