No NSA Spying, Obama assures Hollande


Washington: US President Barack Obama has assured his French counterpart Francois Hollande that his administration was not spying on him.

Obama spoke to Hollande over phone following WikiLeaks reports that claimed the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents from 2006 until 2012.

The US President told Hollande that he was not a spying target and reiterated his commitment to bilateral ties.

“The President reiterated that we have abided by the commitment we made to our French counterparts in late 2013 that we are not targeting and will not target the communications of the French President,” the White House said.

“We’ve been very clear that foreign intelligence activities are only conducted when there is a specific, validated national security interest involved,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

He said the US was “substantially” contributing to France’s effort to keep its citizens safe.