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Submission + - French outraged NSA tapped their phones, DOH! (bbc.co.uk)

sirnomad99 writes: French President Francois Hollande has expressed "deep disapproval" over claims the US National Security Agency secretly tapped phone calls in France.

In a phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, he said this was "unacceptable between friends and allies", demanding an explanation.

The White House said the claims "raise legitimate questions", seeking to ease French concerns.

The NSA has recently spied on 70.3m phone calls in France, it is claimed.

Officials, businesses and terror suspects are believed to have been tracked in just 30 days between 10 December last year and 8 January 2013.

The allegations were carried in France's Le Monde newspaper and are based on leaks from US ex-intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.


A long time motto within the intelligence gathering fraternity goes something like this:
"In God we trust, everyone else we monitor"
In this day and age any outrage that a national leader expresses over "discovered" surveillance is all sound and fury with no substance. It is performed mostly for the benefit of their countrymen rather than out of any real surprise on the part of the world leader. Every nation spies on every other nation regardless whether they are allies, enemies, or somewhere in between.

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"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."