Obama pledges reform amid NSA phone fears

Published: 18/01/2014

President Barack Obama is ordering changes to the US government’s vast collection of phone records and has promised that “we will not monitor the communications of heads of state and government of our close friends and allies”.

He said yesterday that he would end the programme “as it currently exists”.

Mr Obama’s highly anticipated speech, after months of revelations about US spying by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden, said intelligence officials had not intentionally abused the programme to invade privacy.

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