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Extra! U.S. Spied On Three French Presidents

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Libération, June 24, 2015

French newspaper Libération and investigative website Mediapart released documents obtained by Wikileaks showing that the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy, Jacques Chirac and François Hollande.


According to the documents first published by WikiLeaks late on Tuesday, and shared with the two French news outlets, the NSAwiretapped the last three presidents of France from 2006 to 2012. "Spied On," was the frontpage headline of the left-leaning Paris-based daily.

Recorded conversations include revelations about Sarkozy's involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Hollande's fear of Greece leaving the Eurozone.

The NSA has already been accused of spying on several world leaders allied with Washington, including German chancellor Angela Merkel in 2013. Still, the proof provided by Wikileaks is another embarrassment for the Obama administration.

François Hollande held an emergency meeting "to evaluate the nature of the information published... and to draw useful conclusions" according to a French presidential aide. The U.S. ambassador was summoned Wednesday morning to the French foreign ministry.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Libération is a leading left-wing daily French newspaper based in Paris.

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