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Wikileaks reveals that US wiretapped the last three French presidents: reports

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The United States wiretapped France’s former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as current leader Francois Hollande, French media reported Tuesday, citing WikiLeaks files.

The spying spanned 2006 to 2012, French newspaper Liberation and the Mediapart website said, quoting documents classed as “Top Secret,” which also revealed that Hollande approved secret meetings on the consequences of a Greek exit from the eurozone as early as 2012.

The revelations prompted the French leader to call a defence council meeting first thing Wednesday “to evaluate the nature of the information published by the press on Tuesday evening and to draw useful conclusions,” said one of his aides.

Among the documents are five from the US National Security Agency, with the most recent dated May 22, 2012, just days before Hollande took office.

It claims the French leader “approved holding secret meetings in Paris to discuss the eurozone crisis, particularly the consequences of a Greek exit from the eurozone”.

The same file also alleges that the French leader went behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s back to schedule meetings in Paris with members of the Social Democrats — Germany’s main opposition party then.

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Another document, dated 2008, was titled “Sarkozy sees himself as only one who can resolve world financial crisis”, and said the former French president “blamed many of the current economic problems on mistakes made by the US government, but believes that Washington is now heeding some of his advice”.

Chirac’s choice for appointments at the United Nations was meanwhile the subject of a file dated 2006. In that same document, then foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy was described as someone who has the “propensity… for making ill-timed or inaccurate remarks”.

Neither Hollande’s office nor Washington would comment on the information.

Contacted Tuesday by AFP, Hollande’s aide said: “We will see what it is about”.

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US State Department spokesman John Kirby meanwhile said: “We do not comment on the veracity or content of leaked documents”.

But Sarkozy’s aide blasted the alleged spying as “unacceptable methods as a general rule and more particularly between allies”.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had revealed mass US surveillance activities, sparking global outrage.

Germany was particularly ticked off, as data privacy is a sensitive subject for Germans, haunted by historic surveillance by the Nazis and ex-communist Stasi secret police.

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The spy claims had led to the most strained US-German relations since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

In July 2014, after two more cases of suspected US spying emerged, Berlin expelled the CIA station chief.

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Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States' interests to help Russia.

The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.

Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

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Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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