WASHINGTON (AP) — The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad has forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about surveillance that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying.
France is the latest in a growing list of nations demanding explanations from Washington. A report published on Monday said the U.S. swept up 70 million French telephone records and text messages and recorded some private conversations.
President Francois Hollande's (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') office expressed, quote, "profound reprobation," saying the spying violated the privacy of French citizens. The White House said some news reports have distorted the work of U.S. surveillance programs, but said Obama acknowledged to Hollande that some reports have raised, quote, "legitimate questions for our friends and allies."