World Bulletin/News Desk
The US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Tuesday denied French media reports that the US National Security Agency gathered huge troves of French phone call information.
“Recent articles published in the French newspaper Le Monde contain inaccurate and misleading information regarding US foreign intelligence activities. The allegation that the National Security Agency (NSA) collected more than 70 million ‘recordings of French citizens’ telephone data” is false,” said Clapper in a statement released to the press.
The French daily Le Monde reported Monday that the NSA had collected over 70 million French phone calls over a 30-day period.
Furthermore, Clapper emphasized that the US government’s intelligence efforts resembled those of other nations.
“While we are not going to discuss the details of our activities, we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States gathers intelligence of the type gathered by all nations. The US collects intelligence to protect the nation, its interests, and its allies from, among other things, threats such as terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said Clapper.
He also reaffirmed the US’ commitment to the French-American relationship.
“The United States values our longstanding friendship and alliance with France and we will continue to cooperate on security and intelligence matters going forward,” said the National Intelligence Director.Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 12:01