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Le Monde’s report, which French officials would not comment on publicly, appeared to make some of the French outrage about the revelations of Edward J. Snowden, a former N.S.A. contractor, about the American data-collection program appear somewhat hollow.
Follow the link to appreciate the full extent of the absurdity.  How righteous and noble our ally's anger has been!

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  •  hollande (2+ / 0-)
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    has been pretty muted about the nsa spying, and france apparently complied with the rerouting of morales's plane. and even more tellingly, the le monde report is very critical of the french surveillance, while much of our major media haven't been of the nsa. the french people aren't happy with any of it. i'm guessing you won't see hollande's supporters running around defending the spying, or calling le monde treasonous for reporting it.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 02:07:49 PM PDT

    •  alright (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not sure how you define "pretty muted," but there are numerous stories (including the one I linked to) indicating Hollande has publicly and "sternly" criticized the U.S. for the NSA stories.

      Yes, the "Le Monde" report is very critical of the surveillance.  That is one French outlet.  It's meaningless to refer to one story and contrast that with the reaction of "much of our major media."  Also, could you please elaborate on your knowledge of how "the french people" feel?

      I didn't intend to have this diary become part of the anti-Snowden (or pro-NSA) narrative.  I just wanted to share a story that made me chuckle.  Seems pretty straight-forward in its absurdity.

      •  Oh I have been chuckling a lot at the latest faux (0+ / 0-)

        scandal. It was too funny reading Le Monde yesterday on this issue. Not the least bit surprised.

        "Aux ames bien nees, la valeur n'attend point le nombre des annees" Pierre Corneille.

        by Patate on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 05:00:48 PM PDT

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  •  Hollande has been a little but Manuel Valls the (0+ / 0-)

    "National Security" minister gave a "barn burner" on the prism topic few days ago, calling the US all sorts of names. Vraiment, quelle hypocrisie indeed! He forgot he was in charge of the French equivalent, I guess.

    "Aux ames bien nees, la valeur n'attend point le nombre des annees" Pierre Corneille.

    by Patate on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 04:54:51 PM PDT

  •  I must have missed the part about the French (0+ / 0-)

    intercepting the communications of americans in america.

    One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

    by voroki on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 05:02:09 PM PDT

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