CBS: Wikileaks Claims NSA Spied On Last Three French Presidents: France "Has To Do Something"


CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett reports the latest revelations from Wikileaks, that the U.S. National Security Agency has been spying on the personal and political communications of [at least] the last three presidents of France. Following similar revelations regarding the German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year, Germany has staked a more independent position on international affairs, opposing the U.S. by unconditionally opposing letting NATO arm Ukraine, and lending only lukewarm support to economic sanctions against Russia.

MAJOR GARRET: [French President] Hollande will meet in emergency session with top defense ministers to discuss his government's next steps...

Right now the two governments are working on a range of difficult foreign policy issues, here are three:

1. The ongoing battle against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.

2. Efforts to negotiate an end to Iran's feared pursuit of nuclear weapons [France and Germany are integral members of the P-5+1, whose next "final" deadline is this week].

3. Efforts to maintain economic sanctions against Russia for its military incursions in Ukraine.

There is no immediate signal any of this cooperation will end, but like the Germans before them, once [France] learns of these revelations, it has to do something about it, if for no other reason than domestic political outrage will demand it.

The National Security Council at the White House released this statement: "We do not conduct any foreign intelligence surveillance activities unless there is a specific and validated national security purpose. This applies to ordinary citizens and world leaders alike. We work closely with France on all matters of international concern and the French are indispensable partners."

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