Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show the NSA swept up 70 million French phone records over a 30 day period. The report published in the French newspaper, Le Monde, found that when certain numbers were used, the conversations were automatically recorded. The surveillance operation also swept up text messages based on key words according to what Le Monde reported. The report was based on records from December 10th to January 7th. The French government has summoned the US ambassador to explain why the Americans spied on one of their closest allies. Similar programs have been revealed in Britain and Germany.