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George Clooney laughs off Sudanese leader's spying complaints

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Aug 01, 2013 | 1:09pm EDT

George Clooney has dismissed Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir's criticism of the actor's eye in the sky satellite project, insisting he's glad the President knows what it feels like to be a Hollywood superstar. Clooney has invested millions in spy technology which allows him and others interested in African affairs to keep an eye on trouble spots on the border of North and South Sudan from outer space, and it seems al-Bashir is beginning to bristle about the project. The leader, who is charged with war crimes, has issued a statement attacking Clooney and his spy tactics, but the Ocean's Eleven star has laughed off the controversial politician's remarks. He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "He puts out a statement saying that I'm spying on him and how would I like it if a camera was following me everywhere I went, and I go, 'Well, welcome to my life, Mr. War Criminal!' "I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get. I think that's fair." Clooney also reveals that he helps to fund the Sudan border satellite project with the millions he makes from filming foreign TV commercials - he shot an Italian coffee ad last year (12).

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