French presidents 'surveilled' by NSA: WikiLeaks
French President Francois Hollande, ex-presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac, and French cabinet ministers were surveilled by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday in a press release.
WikiLeaks on Tuesday began publishing "Espionnage Elysee", a collection of top secret intelligence reports and technical documents from NSA concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years, Xinhua news agency reported. 
"The documents also contain the 'selectors' from the target list, detailing the cell phone numbers of numerous officials in the Elysee up to and including the direct cell phone of the President," the press release said.
According to WikiLeaks, the to-be-published documents are intelligence summaries of conversations between French government officials concerning some of the most pressing issues facing France and the international community, including a dispute between the French and the US governments over the US spying on France.
"The French people have a right to know that their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, adding that "French readers can expect more timely and important revelations in the near future".
This revelation of American's spying against French leaders came not long after Germany opened an investigation to Americans tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials.
France is formally a close ally of the US, and plays a key role in a number of US-associated international institutions, including the Group of 7 (G7) and NATO. 


Bobby Jindal set to join White House race
Louisiana governor Piyush "Bobby"Jindal is widely expected to launch a bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, becoming the first Indian-American and 13th Republican to join the 2016 White House race.
"If I decide to announce on June 24th that I will seek the Republican nomination for President, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction," he said in a statement earlier this month.
"We don't need just small changes, we need a dramatically different path," said Jindal, who as a child changed his first name to Bobby, after a character in the "Brady Bunch."
US-born son of immigrant parents from India, he converted from Hinduism to Christianity as a teen, and was later baptised a Catholic as a student at Brown University.
Once viewed as a rising star of the Republican party, Jindal, 44, who was the youngest American governor when first elected in 2007, is now polling toward the bottom of the Republican field, registering at just 1 percent in the latest CNN/ORC poll this month.
Jindal is entering an already crowded field of Republican candidates including Jeb Bush, Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, former governors of Florida, Texas and Arkansas respectively, US Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and real estate mogul Donald Trump.
Jindal was the second Indian-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives in 2004 after Dalip Singh Saund, a Democrat, in 1957. He was re-elected to the Congress in 2006 before making his second run for governor in 2007. He was re-elected in 2011.
Jindal, who received wide support from the Indian-Americans in his Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns seems to have lost much traction with the community since he recently declared that he was tired of hyphenated Americans.
His parents, he declared, "They weren't coming to raise Indian-Americans. They were coming to raise Americans."
As Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who is writing a book on him told the Washington Post: "There's not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal."



J Pinto

2 years ago

If Yoga is Indian then Bobby Jindal is Indian ?

It would be interesting to hear Jindal's views on Hindutva and the RSS/Sangh Parivar.

VHP's US backers will be campaigning against Jindal ?


MG Warrier

In Reply to J Pinto 2 years ago

May be, first let us hear about disarmament, non-proliferation, environment, poverty elimination, distributive justice, universal healthcare, world peace and so on.We should internally handle our problems with Hindutva and RSS/Sangh Parivar which by themselves are maturing to higher levels of tolerance and co-existence.

UP brothers who cracked IIT get security after house stoned
Days after they were flooded with financial assistance from all over after cracking the prestigious IIT, Brijesh and Raju - the two sons of a Dalit labourer - now live in fear as their house in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh was pelted with stones at night. They have now been provided with police security.
Armed constables have been posted outside their modest one-room slum house in Rehua Lalganj village, said district officials on Tuesday.
The officials said that the two youth filed a police complaint that unidentified people had pelted their house with stones in the dark. The duo had on Monday been felicitated by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and gifted laptops along with assurance of bearing their education expenses.
A police official informed that efforts were on to trace the people who pelted stones and scared the Dalit family. The youth's father Dharamraj told investigating officers that he was too dazed to comprehend that they were attacked.



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