President Obama calls French President over reported spying on French citizens
U.S. President Barack Obama has called French President Francois Hollande over reported aggressive surveillance of French citizens by the National Security Agency.
The White House says Obama told Hollande the U.S. is reviewing its intelligence gathering to ensure a balance between security and privacy.
Both leaders also agreed they should continue diplomatic discussions about the issue.
The call came after French daily Le Monde reported the NSA eavesdropped on over 70 million phone calls in just under a month between December 2012 and January 2013.
Earlier Monday, France summoned U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin to provide prompt clarifications and justifications for the alleged spying.
"The information published by Le Monde newspaper states practices that are unacceptable. We have an extremely useful co-operation with the United States to fight terrorism. But this co-operation can not justify everything. Therefore, we are asking the United States for prompt clarification, explanations and justifications."
Le Monde says the main targets appeared to be individuals suspected of terrorism, but French politicians and businesses were also on the list.
"Through the secret Prism and Upstream programs, the surveillance and spying goes beyond the constant and official justification of the fight against terrorism."
When reports first surfaced, criticism in France was fairly muted due to the start of U.S.-EU free trade talks in July, but it now appears the Obama administration will have its work cut out justifying the NSA's alleged actions.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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