Tuesday, 23 June 2015

NSA spied on French President jaques chirac others

The whistleblower website cites "top secret intelligence reports and technical documents" from the NSA.

US state department spokesman John Kirby said: "We do not comment on the veracity or content of leaked documents." France has made no comment.

The NSA was earlier accused of spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

That allegation arose from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about large-scale US surveillance in 2013.

However, earlier this month Germany dropped its investigation, saying the NSA had failed to provide enough evidence to justify legal action.

Source unclear

On Tuesday, Wikileaks said it began publishing the files under the heading "Espionnage Elysee" - a reference to the French presidential palace.

It said the secret files "derive from directly targeted NSA surveillance of the communications" of the three French presidents as well as French ministers and the ambassador to the US.

One of the files, dated 2012, is about Mr Hollande discussing Greece's possible exit from the eurozone.

It is unclear whether the material comes from the data stolen by Edward Snowden, the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera says.

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