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Worth reading. Interesting remarks from Obama on Edward Snowden and NSA activities.  He seems to lend validity to the information contained in the leaks, while playing down the scope of the NSA operation and suggesting the information Snowden revealed would have come out sooner or later anyway..  His remarks do not inspire confidence even though they seem designed to ease fears. It's also interesting that he refers to Snowden's revelations as 'exciting'. I'm not sure that's what came to mind first when people heard the revelations. He also suggests Snowden could have come forward openly and been confident that whistle blower laws would protect him.  Given the US government's strong response to Snowden it's pretty hard to believe that would have  been true.

Obama: "...And there’s no doubt that Mr. Snowden’s leaks triggered a much more rapid and passionate response than would have been the case if I had simply appointed this review board to go through, and I had sat down with Congress and we had worked this thing through. It would have been less exciting. It would not have generated as much press. I actually think we would have gotten to the same place, and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security and some very vital ways that we are able to get intelligence that we need to secure the country...I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistleblower protection to the intelligence community -- for the first time. So there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions."
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/09/remarks-president-press-conference

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  1. To me this is all BS damage control. It has been forever since the leaks and now finally Obama is trying to claim it is not big deal and he was already reassessing it etc. BS. Why do it in the first place. This is the most massive surveillance program the world has ever seen and in direct violation of the constitution. So, excuse me, but I don't believe you Mr. President.

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