Kerry: Al­lies know Obama didn’t or­der NSA snoop­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry said his coun­ter­parts in other na­tions know Pres­i­dent Obama didn’t or­der up all the snoop­ing that the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency con­ducted abroad.

While trav­el­ing in the United Arab Emi­rates, Mr. Kerry told the BBC that his for­eign coun­ter­parts have been un­der­stand­ing about the re­cent rev­e­la­tions of wide­spread NSA sur­veil­lance, and know that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is try­ing to find a way for­ward that can fight ter­ror­ism in a way that re­spects pri­vacy.

Mr. Kerry said Mr. Obama didn’t per­son­ally or­der all the var­i­ous types of snoop­ing that have been re­vealed by for­mer NSA sys­tems an­a­lyst Ed­ward Snow­den — that the scope of the NSA work evolved over a long pe­riod of time.

Ear­lier, Mr. Kerry said in War­saw that Euro­peans and oth­ers have “le­git­i­mate” ques­tions about the sur­veil­lance.

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