It’s enough to make you wonder whether President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France were actually talking to each other, and on the same telephone call.
The White House and Elysée Palace offered radically different accounts of a Monday conversation prompted by news reports that the NSA scooped up some 70.3 million French telephone calls and emails over a month — fruit of the latest leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Here are some of the more notable chasms:- “Friends and allies”?
Obama’s version: “The United States and France are allies and friends, and share a close working relationship on a wide range of issues, including security and intelligence.”
Hollande’s version (warning: French): “The Head of State shared his deep disapproval regarding these practices, which are unacceptable between allies and friends, because they violate the privacy of French citizens.”
- I have a bone to pick with you:
Hollande’s version: “He requested a full accounting (ofRead More »from Obama, France’s Hollande: One NSA call, 2 stories