France's Francois Hollande

Obama, Hollande Discuss Intelligence ‘Disclosures’

(RFE/RL) — U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, to discuss French media reports that a United States intelligence organization eavesdropped on millions of phone calls by French citizens.

According to a White House statement on October 21, Obama told Hollande that some of the disclosures were “distorted.”

He also said the United States is reviewing its intelligence practices. Earlier on October 21, the French government summoned the U.S. ambassador to Paris to denounce the alleged spying as “totally unacceptable.”

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According to a report in “Le Monde” that was reportedly based on leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency tapped 70.3 million French phone calls and emails in one 30-day period.

Earlier revelations by Snowden have angered Mexico, Germany, Britain, and Brazil.

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 21 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established.

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