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Obama 'confident' that US spying programmes not being abused

Published on Aug 23, 2013 8:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said on Friday that he is "confident" that vast surveillance programmes are not being abused but admitted that Americans have "legitimate" concerns.

"We do have to do a better job of giving people confidence in how these programs work," Mr Obama told CNN in an interview.

"I've said I am open to working with Congress to figure out, can we get more transparency in terms of how the oversight court works, do we need a public advocate who people have confidence in.

"But we've also got to do it in a way that recognises we have hostile folks out there that will potentially try to do us harm."

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