U.S. says it isn't Targeting Hollande's Communications
The White House says it is not targeting French President Francois Hollande's communications and will not do so, after transparency website WikiLeaks released documents that it says shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on him and his two predecessors.
There was no immediate confirmation of the accuracy of the documents, which were released by WikiLeaks in collaboration with French daily newspaper Liberation and investigative website Mediapart.
NSA spokesman Ned Price said the Obama administration does not conduct any foreign intelligence surveillance unless there is a "specific and validated national security purpose," a standard he said applied to both world leaders and "ordinary citizens."
The spokesman did not address whether French presidential communications had been wiretapped in the past.
A French presidential aide says Mr. Hollande is expected to meet Wednesday with his defense council to evaluate the information published by Wikileaks.
Last Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest Site Dismantled
Hong Kong officials have dismantled the last of the tent camps from last year's mass protests that unsuccessfully pushed for democratic reforms in the Chinese territory.
Protesters put up little resistance as a crew of government officials moved in Wednesday to clear the few tents, banners and other materials that remained at the outpost outside the territory's legislature.
"I feel calm. I am already missing this place, because in the past 200 days or so we witnessed history and the change of an era," said 71-year-old protester Simon Wong. "Here we have seen a lot of emotions, a lot of tears, a lot of sweat, a lot of human kindness, but we have also seen a lot of conflict."
At the height of the protests, which began last September, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Hong Kong's streets to push for a change in how the way the territory elects its leaders.