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Putin: NSA surveillance needed to fight terrorism

Updated: 2013-12-20 AM 10:16:06 (KST)
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This might not come as too big of a surprise considering his KGB background, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the bulk surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency.
Speaking during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said mass monitoring of communications was necessary in the fight against terrorism, but he suggested the U.S. limit its appetite to snoop on the public.
He went on to say that surveillance should be done within a framework of rules, and the U.S. spy agency should be revamped and its relation to the U.S. government reviewed.
When asked about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Putin said he had never met him, and Russia was only offering him asylum.

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