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Embarrassing for head of state Barack Obama to introduce small NSA reforms: Julian Assange

Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 11:27am IST | Agency: ANI
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly slammed US President Barack Obama's proposed reforms to the controversial surveillance activities of the NSA, calling them 'small' and not concrete.

Assange said that it was embarrassing for a head of state to go on like that for 45 minutes and say nothing.

According to Politico, the whistleblower said that Obama had been very reluctant to make any concrete reforms and that is why he failed to announce any major changes to the surveillance methods.

The president ordered that the NSA would not store any phone surveillance information itself and would require permission from court to access the data.

Obama said that the administration would be instating a "public advocate" position on the FISA court, to which Assange expressed reservations and said that such a position was unlikely to produce a decent result.

Assange further said that the president would not be speaking today were it not for the actions of Edward Snowden, the report added.


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