10 August, 2013

CNN Breaking News

President Barack Obama said at a news conference that he's taking steps to improve public confidence in national security surveillance.

These include working with Congress to pursue appropriate improvements of the telephone surveillance program; reforming the secret court that approves that initiative; improving transparency to provide as much information as possible to the public; and appointing a high-level, independent group of outside experts to review surveillance technologies.

Obama also said his decision to not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month was not solely related to Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden. He said the United States must "take a pause" in dealing with Russia.

Obama said Snowden can return to the United States and "make his case" in court if he "believes what he did is right."

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