French president holds emergency meeting over NSA intercepts

WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says show the US National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.

By: Associated Press | Paris | Published: June 24, 2015 1:54 pm
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French President Francois Hollande is holding an emergency meeting with the country’s top security officials to respond to WikiLeaks documents saying that the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.

Also read – WikiLeaks: NSA eavesdropped on last three French presidents

A French presidential aide said Wednesday’s meeting was convened to evaluate the information released and draw relevant conclusions. The aide was not authorized to be publicly named.

The documents published in French daily newspaper Liberation and investigative website Mediapart on late Tuesday include material that appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece’s economy and relations with Germany.

The release came as the French Parliament prepares to vote later on Wednesday on a bill allowing broad new surveillance powers, in particular to counter terrorist threats.

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