This was tucked in a very small corner of my local paper this morning. It deserves front page.
By DEB RIECHMANN and KIMBERLY DOZIER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – France joined a growing list of angry allies Monday who are demanding answers from the United States over aggressive surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency, this time, that it swept up – and in some cases recorded – 70.3 million French telephone calls and emails in one 30 day period.
Keeping tabs on allies is classic spy craft but the sweep and scope of the National Security Agency program have irritated Germany, Britain, Brazil, and most recently Mexico and France.
Calling the practice “totally unacceptable,'” an indignant French government demanded an explanation and summoned U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin for answers.
Visiting Paris on an unrelated and previously scheduled trip for talks on the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry was unapologetic. . .