Bordeaux- French newspaper Le Monde revealed a four-page internal memo from the National Security Agency, unveiled by Edward Snowden, stating that Paris suspected the U.S. monitoring agency to be responsible for a cyber attack against the presidential palace last year.
France wants to know who is spying on the Presidential palace. After suspecting U.S. intelligence of leading a cyber attack against the Elysée’s system in May 2012, the country has sent 2 French officials to Washington to ask for explanations eleven months later, has revealed French newspaper Le Monde.
The top secret document revealed by Snowden also mentions the fact that 70.3 million phone communications were monitored in France from December 10, 2012 to January 8 this year.
French President Francois Hollande expressed his «”strong condemnation” of alleged U.S. spying during a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, branding it as “unacceptable between friends and allies.”
According to the President’s office, the French and U.S. presidents “agreed to work together to determine the facts and the exact scope of surveillance activities revealed by Le Monde.”
Tensions between the U.S. government and its allies are rising, especially after the Guardian revealed yesterday how the NSA monitored phone calls of 35 world leaders including Angela Merkel.
The same day, leaders from 28 European Union countries signed a joint statement to warn the United States that “a lack of trust could prejudice the necessary cooperation” required in the fight against terrorism. They also reminded Washington that U.S.-EU relations can only be beneficial if “based on respect and trust.”
Despite sharing a common position, the EU is divided about what steps to take in response to the alleged spying, and countries are making decisions separately.
A group of nine members of the EU Parliament will travel to Washington on Monday to gather information about the alleged surveillance.
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