U.S. responds to reports of NSA spying on France

The United States is trying to find the right balance between security and privacy in its intelligence operations, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Maria Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Monday during her daily press briefing. Harf said that U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivken met with French Cabinet Director Alexandre Ziegler to discuss intelligence issues between the two countries.

"...Right now, we're undertaking a review to determine how - how the best ways are to gather intelligence and what the balance should be," Harf said. "Because it's all about a balance between the legitimate security concerns that our citizens have and the privacy concerns that we and our allies have as well about some of these alleged intelligence activities. It's just a balance that has to be struck, and what we're trying to do right now is figure out where that balance lies, and we'll continue these conversations with the French or other countries if they have issues they'd like to discuss."

When asked if NSA operations in France were in the interests of U.S. national security, Harf declined to comment on specific reports on U.S. intelligence activities.

"Broadly speaking, there's a balance that needs to be struck between security and privacy," Harf said. "The President has spoken to that, most recently at [U.N. General Assembly], and that's the conversation we're certainly having internally in the government, and are happy to have with our allies and partners around the world."