Friday 20 April 2018

Obama assures citizens that their correspondence is not under US surveillance

US president Barack Obama
US president Barack Obama

President Barack Obama said today that the US was not spying on ordinary people's correspondence and phone calls, but its international intelligence gathering was targeted at specific areas of concern.

"I can give assurances to the publics in Europe and around the world that we are not going around snooping at people's emails or listening to their phone calls," Obama said during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

"What we try to do is to target, very specifically, areas of concern," he said, adding that such areas included counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and cyber-security.

Reuters

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