But there was fury from Hollande this week when the latest WikiLeaks documents published late on Tuesday, appeared to show even the French leaders’ mobile phone conversations were listened to and recorded.
The Guardian reports "The leaked US documents, marked “top secret”, were based on phone taps and filed in an NSA document labelled “Espionnage Elysée” (Elysée Spy), according to the newspaper Libération and investigative news website Mediapart. The US was listening to the conversations of centre-right president Jacques Chirac, his successor Nicolas Sarkozy, and the current French leader, Socialist François Hollande, elected in 2012."
Wednesday Mr Obama spoke to Francois Hollande in a telephone conversation and tried to reassure the French leader that the spying was a thing of the past. As a sceptic we wonder if this call was also listened into by others.
An NSA spokesperson stressed that they do not wiretap foreign citizens and world leaders unless "there is a specific and validated national security purpose" but that 'old chestnut' could be interpreted to suit.
When previous US Presidents have entered official meetings with foreign government they must have felt smug having the edge after spying on them.
But it remains a black mark on the USA and has resulted in a lack of trust between governments, people and governments and of the USA in general.
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