October 21st, 2013
07:31 PM ET

Report: U.S. intercepts French phone calls on a 'massive scale'

The U.S. ambassador to France met with French diplomats Monday over allegations that the National Security Agency intercepted more than 70 million phone calls in France over a 30-day period.

Ambassador Charles Rivkin was summoned to the French Foreign Ministry in Paris after the details of the alleged spying appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde.

"These kinds of practices between partners, that violate privacy, are totally unacceptable," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters at an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. "We must quickly assure that these practices aren't repeated."

U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande spoke Monday, according to a White House statement.

"The President and President Hollande discussed recent disclosures in the press - some of which have distorted our activities and some of which raise legitimate questions for our friends and allies about how these capabilities are employed," the news release said. "The President made clear that the United States has begun to review the way that we gather intelligence, so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share."

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: Britain • Edward Snowden • EU • Europe • France • Germany • Intelligence • NSA • Spying
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. 742

    Countries have been spying on each other since the days of a new country being formed. They all do it, so what's the uproar about?

    Just a place holder until another "tragedy" occurs to refocus the camera's of the world wide news media to blather about.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  2. joe d

    the seaky feces called israel has taught us well not.
    we are screwed

    October 23, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • 742

      write something when you're not high on crack

      October 23, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  3. Tony Torres

    The traitor Snowden proclaimed that he stole the Top Secret Information to enlighten Americans that the government was listening, fine but what exactly has he accomplish by leaking all the rest(except to embarrass the US)that is treason any level. I guess his father is just being a father and is in denial about his son's actions, either that or he is as much a traitor as his son. We all know that every country IS trying to hack,tap,listen,etc. any and all info. they can from of the US. It is unfortunate that snowden decided to go beyond what he initially profess was his intention, what bunch of bull crap,Traitor.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Such is to be expected from a person such as you with your very obvious limitations, Tony. Quit condemning Edward Snowden for doing the right thing. It's about time that someone exposed those fools in Washington for going too far!!!

      October 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
      • O'drama ya Mama

        How has this helped America in any way? All it has done is damage relationships with ally nations. It hasnt changed anything here in America.

        October 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • StanCalif

        Surprise! We, the US don't have any reliable "allies"! When the going gets tough, they all go back home!

        October 23, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • Jay

      This has helped the American people to understand just how far our government has gone to spy on it's own citizens in the supposed interest of national security. It's bad and must end.

      October 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Alan

      One of these days when you grow up to be an adult, Tony, you might (a) develop a conscience about what is right and wrong, or (b) become a lieutenant, devoid of conscience for anyone but self, in charge of spying for an Orwellian state. The future is not set in stone, and so I will not speculate which of these is your destiny.

      October 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  4. Tony Torres

    The traitor Snowden proclaimed that he stole the Top Secret Information to enlighten Americans that the government was listening, fine but what exactly has he accomplish by leaking all the rest(except to embarrass the US)that is treason any level. I guess his father is just being a father and is in denial about his son's actions, either that or he is as much a traitor as his son.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  5. HJA

    If you don't think China and Russia (plus others) aren't involved in the same thing you are delusional. The only difference is if someone from those countries blabs to the press........uh, where did they go????????????
    And Snowden runs to Russia for protection. What a joke!

    October 22, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
  6. Gulf War Vet 1991

    This country is on a bullet train to oblivion, and the rest of the world is going to watch and laugh because of our arrogance over the past 70 years thinking we are the masters of the universe.

    October 22, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Quite true Gulf War Vet 1991, quite true indeed. You just about said it all!

      October 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  7. WERTWERT32452345

    Now NSA took this to new extremes by spying on ordinary French citizens though this now infamous system of hacking into private phone calls as well as peoples' e-mail! Unfortunately, instead of standing up to these right-wing politicians in Washington like he should, this French Pres. Francois Hollande will eventually back down and continue carrying out orders from them as usual! This needs to end.

    October 22, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
  8. WERTWERT32452345

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    DENOUNCE EUROPOL INTERPOL AND FBI.

    TO ASESSINATION, THEFT, WOMANS VIOLATION, HUMAN MANIPULATION NARCOTRAFIC.

    1.- EUROPOL DIRECTOR ROB WAINWRITE.

    2.- FBI DIRECTOR JAME B COMEY.

    3.- INTERPOL COLOMBIA ALVARO PICO.

    OBAMAs CHILD GET MONEY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    OBAMA PAYNG TO VENEZUELAN AGENCIES TO TO KILL VEENEZUELAS FROM MIRANDA SATELITE NANO TRANSMISORES.

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQpgiorg.blog.comQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
  9. California

    This country is alienating itself from the rest of the world. The collapse is imminent.

    October 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      Unfortunately California, it appears that you're right. As long as the right-wing fanatics run things in Washington, this situation will only deteriorate further! This is why we've become the most hated country in the world today!

      October 22, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.