Obama says EU, all intelligence agencies seek info on each other

DAR ES SALAAM Mon Jul 1, 2013 3:13pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete hold a joint press conference in Dar Es Salaam July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete hold a joint press conference in Dar Es Salaam July 1, 2013.

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DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama played down a controversy over whether Washington had spied on its European allies, saying on Monday intelligence services around the world -- including in the EU -- seek additional insight beyond regular media reports.

Obama, speaking at a news conference in Tanzania, said the United States would contact its European counterparts to address their concerns after studying allegations in a recent magazine article about the spying.

The U.S. president also repeated that Washington was working through law enforcement channels to prod Russia to extradite former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal)

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matt416 wrote:
That’s some great logic there – “well everyone else does it!” Firstly, if any countries spy on the US, it’s not to nearly as great a degree as the US spies on others. Secondly, this type of argument normalizes spying, making it seem like it’s not a big deal since everyone else does it – if everyone else does it, then it’s an even bigger issue.

Jul 01, 2013 11:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fillybuster wrote:
Snowden is a patriot to the world. The only thing he has done is call attention to the spying on citizens of several governments. He has harmed no one. He has helped everyone.

We need transparency and laws to ensure the majority are protected in the pursuit of the minority of criminals aka terrorists. Snowden gave us some transparency, our governments must give us the rest.

Jul 01, 2013 12:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChicagoFats wrote:
Never seen so many weasel words since the last Chicago politician got indicted. “Seeking insight”. I wasn’t tapping your phone, I was seeking insight.

Are there any REAL progressive politicians out there?

Jul 01, 2013 12:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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