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Obama Says “No, I Don’t Think Mr. Snowden Is A Patriot” As Leak Risked National Security

on August 12, 2013


President Obama said a review of the NSA could have come “without putting at risk our national security”, and therefore, declared, “No, I don’t think Mr. Snowden is a patriot” at a press conference today on spying transparency. Obama insisted he had ordered a review of surveillance programs before the “NSA leaker” kicked off a “not always fully informed” debate, but will implement spying reforms.

Specifically, Obama will pursue reforms of how the Patriot Act authorizes the NSA to conduct surveillance, add a public privacy advocate to the secret NSA courts, build a website laying out what the NSA collects and what it doesn’t, and create an independent cybersecurity processes review agency.

Obama said earlier in the conference that “given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives.”  That seems somewhat incongruent with his opinion of…

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