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Clinton: Better rules needed on spying

3 years 6 days 16 hours ago December 03, 2013 Dec 3, 2013 Tuesday, December 03 2013 December 03, 2013 3:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton is calling for clarity in how countries gather intelligence.

And when it comes to secretly monitoring the telephone conversations or emails of world leaders, Clinton says that during his presidency it depended on who the leaders were. He says American agencies might have spied on leaders his administration thought were engaging in hostile acts against the U.S.

He says his administration didn't have the ability to do a lot of what's currently being done.

Documents leaked this summer by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposed a massive U.S. surveillance operation that covered telephone records, email traffic and the communications of U.S. allies, including Brazil, Germany and Mexico.

A report by a panel of advisers President Barack Obama chose to review NSA programs is expected this month.

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