France`s President Francois Hollande will convene a defence council meeting on Wednesday over reports quoting documents leaked by WikiLeaks claiming that the United States wiretapped French leaders, an aide told AFP.
The German chancellor`s office has known since 2008 of US economic espionage targeting European companies such as Airbus but did not react, the Bild daily said Monday, citing intelligence agency documents.
US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Acknowledging the need of a system of check and balance to prevent any misuse, US President Barack Obama defended the controversial internet and phone surveillance program arguing that this keeps the nations safe and has prevented terrorist strike.
The US government`s gathering of Americans` phone records is likely unlawful, a judge ruled on Monday, raising "serious doubts" about the value of the National Security Agency`s so-called metadata counter terrorism program.
The European Commission called on Tuesday for new protection for Europeans under United States` law against misuse of personal data, in an attempt to keep in check the US surveillance revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Norway`s intelligence services said it - and not the US National Security Agency, as reported in a Norwegian newspaper - kept records on more than 33 million phone conversations over the space of one month last winter, Oslo said on Tuesday.