Obama speaks to France's Hollande about spying reports

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obamaspoke to French President Francois Hollande on Monday aboutpress reports disclosing alleged large-scale American spying onFrench citizens, the White House said in a statement.

"The president and President Hollande discussed recentdisclosures in the press - some of which have distorted ouractivities and some of which raise legitimate questions for ourfriends and allies about how these capabilities are employed,"the White House said.

"The president (Obama) made clear that the United States hasbegun to review the way that we gather intelligence, so that weproperly balance the legitimate security concerns of ourcitizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all peopleshare."

The two men agreed that their countries should continue todiscuss the issue through diplomatic channels, it said.

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