No friends or enemies in the spying game, say experts

A security guard stands at the headquarters of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), France's external intelligence agency, in Paris on June 4, 2015Despite the furious protests of France over the latest US spying claims, experts say that in the intelligence game there are no friends or enemies — only interests — and all means are justified to pursue them. France may have expressed its outrage at the “unacceptable” news that the US spied on President Francois Hollande and his two immediate predecessors, but much of the shock is feigned, experts say. “It’s blindingly obvious,” said Alain Chouet, former intelligence chief at France’s DGSE spy agency.

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