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False & misleading: NSA denies French spy reports
« on: October 23, 2013, 12:19:13 AM »
False & misleading: NSA denies French spy reports

Published time: October 23, 2013 08:04
source: http://rt.com/news/reports-nsa-france-false-583/


James R. Clapper (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)

The NSA did not record 70 million French telephone calls, but it does carry out espionage in France, Intelligence Director James Clapper has said. Responding to media reports on NSA activities in France, he dismissed them as “false and misleading.”

The head of the National Security Agency (NSA) stopped short of denying the US carried out espionage in France, but claimed the contents of a report by Le Monde were “false.”

The French newspaper released an article on Monday describing the espionage activities of the NSA on the French people. Citing classified data leaked to the paper by former CIA employee Edward Snowden, Le Monde wrote the US recorded 70.3 million phone calls between December 10, 2012, and January 8, 2013.

"Recent articles published in the French newspaper Le Monde contain inaccurate and misleading information regarding US foreign intelligence activities," Clapper said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Specifically addressing the claims that the NSA had tapped French citizens’ phone calls, Clapper stated, “The allegation that the NSA collected more than 70 million 'recordings of French citizens' telephone data' is false.”

However, the intelligence chief did consent that “the United States gathers intelligence of the type gathered by all nations.”

Le Monde claimed it has reason to believe that the US was not only gathering data on citizens suspected to be involved in terrorist activities, but also high-profile politicians and businessmen.

The allegations of espionage provoked a volley of furious rhetoric from the French government who characterized the NSA’s activities as “unacceptable and shocking.” Furthermore, the French Foreign Minister summoned US Ambassador Charles Rivkin to personally account for the spy scandal.

‘One of our oldest allies’

Since the reports emerged, Washington has sought to placate the French government’s anger and downplay the NSA’s activities. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in France on Monday morning and was greeted by a political firestorm.

In a public address, responding to the spy scandal, Kerry stated that France was “one of the US’ oldest allies.” Reiterating the argument put forward by Washington that espionage can be justified in the interests of protecting national security, Kerry set Washington strikes a balance between privacy and defending against terrorism.

“Our goal is always to try to find the right balance between protecting the security and the privacy of our citizens,” he said.

The US has faced massive criticism for its spy activities in Europe. On Tuesday Italy became the latest country revealed to be on the intelligence organization’s European watch list. Italy’s Corriere della Sera published an article saying that Italy’s spy watchdog COPASIR had recently learned of large-scale monitoring of Italians, including politicians.
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- False & misleading: NSA denies French spy reports
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 03:26:31 PM »
‘Israel intercepted millions of French calls’

Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:23PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/26/331441/israel-hacks-millions-of-french-calls/


Mossad Seal

A leaked US intelligence document has revealed that Israel is behind the hacking of millions of phone calls and messages in France.

According to a report by Le Monde on Friday Israeli agents is behind a cyber attack against the communications networks of the Elysee Palace, intercepting more than 70 million calls and text messages a month.

France had initially accused the US of hacking into former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s communications network during the 2012 presidential election.

Senior French intelligence officials visited the US earlier this year to discuss the attempt to hack into the Elysee communication system.

However, according to a classified documents dated April 2013, which was leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the agency denied the allegation and reportedly hinted that Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, had been involved in the attack.

The NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) that handles cyber attacks denied the allegations and said the US closest allies -- Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand -- were also not involved, the document reportedly noted.

After the World War Two, the US signed a "no-spying" deal with Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, known as the "Five Eyes" alliance.

“TAO intentionally did not ask either Mossad or (Israel’s cyber intelligence unit) ISNU whether they were involved as France is not an approved target for joint discussions,” extracts from the document published by Le Monde read.

The report comes amid outrage over claims the US has been monitoring the telephone conversations of 35 world leaders.

"A US official provided NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders… Despite the fact that the majority is probably available via open source, the PCs [intelligence production centers] have noted 43 previously unknown phone numbers. These numbers plus several others have been tasked," said the classified document provided by Snowden.

Snowden, a former CIA employee, leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

RW - Yet more non-news from Snowden. the NSA IS a mossad operation. This is why Clapper can tell us it's not the US doing the data vacuuming. Seems every time he speaks he is proved to be a liar a few days later.
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GOP lawmaker: Europe should be grateful for US spying on them
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 05:13:54 PM »
GOP lawmaker: Europe should be grateful for US spying on them

Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:7AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/28/331647/europe-should-be-grateful-for-us-spying/


Europe should be grateful for NSA spying, Rogers says

A key Republican lawmaker says European citizens must be grateful that US National Security Agency spied on them because the American surveillance activities are keeping them safe.

"If the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks. It's a good thing. It keeps the French safe. It keeps the US safe. It keeps our European allies safe," said House Intelligence Committee chairman, Representative Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

The GOP congressman made the non-conciliatory remarks in an interview with CNN as outrage has been growing around the globe over reports of US spying on both the ordinary people and world leaders.

Rogers described the anger of foreign governments over the controversial surveillance activities as "disingenuous."

"This whole notion that we're going to go after each other on what is really legitimate protection of nation-state interest, I think is disingenuous."

He also criticized the media outlets for getting the story wrong.

"I think the bigger news story here would be... if the United States intelligence services weren't trying to collect information that would protect US interests both (at) home and abroad," he added.

The US has come under mounting pressure from even its allies after fresh leaks by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that it has been eavesdropping on more than 35 world leaders.

Germany, a close partner of the US, says its confidence on its ally is shaken. Berlin has also called for complete information over reports that NSA agents monitored the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel for more than a decade.

Germany and Brazil have been drafting a resolution at UN General Assembly to condemn US spying on other countries. The measure is reportedly gaining more international support as 21 countries including France and Mexico have joined talks to hammer out a resolution.

RW - And by extension he implies that all Americans should also be grateful that the USG has completely ignored the constraints of the 4th amendment, a constraint on bloated and hair dyed Mr. Rogers. But Mr. Rogers who will keep us safe from your kind, the demented psychopaths who bow to foreign overlords to whom you pass all our information? By all means spy on Merkel, and Hollande, and Cameron, and Erdogan and any other politician you like but leave the rest of us alone in our privacy.
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‘NSA spied on 60mn phone calls in Spain’
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 01:04:18 AM »
‘NSA spied on 60mn phone calls in Spain’

Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:53AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/28/331688/nsa-spied-on-60mn-spain-phone-calls/



The US National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on 60 million telephone calls in Spain in only one month, a report says.

The Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Sunday that the NSA had gathered the massive data in December 2012.

The report was written by Brazil-based journalist Glenn Greenwald and was based on information provided by American surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The daily published the report a few days after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy summoned the US ambassador over earlier spying reports.

Rajoy said at the time that he had not yet received any information that the United States spied on his country, but he would receive information in a meeting with the US envoy.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said on Sunday that its confidence in the United States has been shaken by recent revelations that the NSA spied on private phone calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A report published on October 26 by German weekly Der Spiegel revealed that Merkel’s mobile phone had been listed by the NSA Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002, and that her mobile phone number was still listed in June 2013.

Furthermore, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has described recent US spying revelations on France as “shocking.”

His statement came following a report by French daily Le Monde, which showed that the NSA secretly tapped more than 70 million phone conversations in France over a 30-day period earlier this year, and targeted certain high-profile French political and business individuals.

Snowden, who was granted political asylum in Russia on August 1, has been charged in the United States with espionage and theft of government property after leaking documents that revealed the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been secretly gathering information of people in both the US and all around the world.
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