America’s southern neighbor and its oldest ally in Europe are expressing outrage traitor Edward Snowden’s latest revelations to major European newspapers that the National Security Agency recorded millions of phone calls in France and hacked the email of a former Mexican president.
The reports come as Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting France on a mission to salvage some kind of action on the civil war in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program, according to The New York Times.
The stories appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian, the French Le Monde and the German Der Speigel – left-wing publications all – based on documents Snowden leaked before he obtained temporary refuge in Russia.
Snowden’s revelations have already exposed extensive NSA spying in Brazil, Britain and Germany. In September, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a state visit to the United States in protest.
According to the Guardian, NSA recorded 70 million phone calls place in France between December 2012 and January 2013.
“The targets were people with suspected links to terrorism and people chosen because of their roles in business, politics or the French government,” the Guardian reported.
The French say they’re not happy.
“This sort of practice between partners that invades privacy is totally unacceptable and we have to make sure, very quickly, that this no longer happens,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. “We fully agree that we cooperate to fight terrorism. It is indispensable. But this does not justify that personal data of millions of our compatriots are snooped on.”
American Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin was called to the carpet in the French Foreign Ministry after the stories broke, according to The Times.
In Mexico, meanwhile, the idea of American spies having access to an email domain used by former President Felipe Calderon – reported in Der Spiegel — didn’t go down well.
“This practice is unacceptable, illegitimate and contrary to Mexican law and international law,” Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “In a relationship of neighbors and partners, there is no room for the kind of activities that allegedly took place.”
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