Obama: Snowden leaks caused ‘unnecessary damage’

Barack Obama has declined to be drawn into a debate about possible amnesty for Edward Snowden, the whistleblower whose revelations about the NSA have sparked intense internal deliberation about changing US surveillance activities.In a press conference at the White House, the president distinguished between Snowden’s leaks and the debate those leaks prompted, which he said was “an important conversation we needed to have”, but left open the question of whether he should still be prosecuted.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/obama-snowden-leaks-caused-unnecessary-damageAlso see:Editorial: NSA and GCHQ: snooping because we can
The crucial thing about the latest revelations from the secret documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden is their scope. When the Guardian first began publishing Mr Snowden’s documents seven months ago, it was immediately apparent that they described secret data-trawling operations by America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ of almost limitless reach. One of the earliest official responses to such claims was that they were simply alarmist.Yes, some officials may have privately conceded, the documents described systems with the theoretical potential to reach deep into everyday civic life and personal communications. But in practice, they insisted, the only people who needed to be worried were terrorists. Haystacks had been built, as the officials put it, but it was the needles within them that mattered. The rest of us could sleep safe, since the watchers were only interested in those who were plotting to do us all harm.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/20/nsa-gchq-snoopping-because-we-canObama concedes NSA bulk collection of phone data may be unnecessary
President Barack Obama has conceded that mass collection of private data by the US government may be unnecessary and said there were different ways of “skinning the cat”, which could allow intelligence agencies to keep the country safe without compromising privacy.In an apparent endorsement of a recommendation by a review panel to shift responsibility for the bulk collection of telephone records away from the National Security Agency and on to the phone companies, the president said change was necessary to restore public confidence.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/obama-nsa-collection-phone-data-unnecessaryObama promises review of NSA spying program, possible reforms
President Obama signaled Friday that he may halt the National Security Agency’s collection and storage of millions of Americans’ phone records and instead require phone companies to hold the data.Speaking at a White House news conference near the end of a very difficult year, Obama said that he would have a “pretty definitive statement” on proposed NSA reforms in January, following his family’s annual holiday break in Hawaii.

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