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Obama to unveil spying reforms on January 17

Published on Jan 11, 2014 3:12 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will unveil reforms to the country's spying activities on January 17 his spokesman said Friday, following a review of the National Security Agency (NSA).

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama's remarks next Friday would show the "outcomes of the work that has been done on the review process." The White House said on Thursday that the president was nearing the end of his soul searching about US spying reforms as he met lawmakers who oversee the intelligence community.

Mr Obama met the delegation in Washington as part of consultations with players on all sides of the debate on how best to balance US security and privacy rights, following revelations of massive spy agency snooping by fugitive contractor Edward Snowden.

The meeting included several prominent critics of NSA phone and data sweeps. Mr Obama says revelations over the program by Snowden have undermined public confidence in the work of the US intelligence community and reforms are needed.

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