Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

US 'eavesdropped on presidents'

WikiLeaks has published documents it says shows the US National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.

There was no immediate confirmation of the accuracy of the documents released by French daily newspaper Liberation and investigative website Mediapart.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said he was confident the documents were authentic, noting that WikiLeaks' previous mass disclosures have proven to be accurate.

Allies have long spied on each other as well as sharing intelligence.

There was no immediate comment from the White House or the offices of French President Francois Hollande or his predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac, reportedly targeted by the eavesdropping.

European allies were indignant at Edward Snowden's earlier revelations of widespread NSA surveillance of national leaders.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph