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Finally, Snowden to get his answer from Obama

Published on Jan 16, 2014 10:10 AM
 
Protesters in Hamburg, Germany, marching in support of asylum for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden on Dec 28, 2013. After months of gushing intelligence leaks and warnings the US national security state has gone rogue, President Barack Obama will finally give his response to Snowden on Friday.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - After months of gushing intelligence leaks and warnings the US national security state has gone rogue, President Barack Obama will finally give his response to Edward Snowden on Friday.

In a long-awaited speech, Mr Obama will propose curbs on ravenous worldwide National Security Agency (NSA) phone and Internet data dragnets, exposed by the fugitive intelligence contractor.

The event will mark Mr Obama's latest attempt to remould the national security apparatus born in the fearful months after the September 11 attacks and cemented by a decade of terror wars.

He is also expected to back extra privacy protections for foreigners swept up by the programmes and limits on spying on friendly world leaders.

 
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