Obama orders review of spying as world leaders condemn US « Hot Air: "I’m tempted to make reference to Obama’s promise to raise our standing with our allies after the supposedly arrogant Bush administration, but in this case that kind of criticism would be unfair. This kind of surveillance didn’t start under Obama, as we have seen with respect to trawling domestic communications, and the inclusion of world leaders in our surveillance wouldn’t have gotten out except for Edward Snowden. In that sense, I’m more sympathetic to Cameron. Snowden’s central conceit was that he was rescuing America from a surveillance state, but more of his revelations have damaged legitimate American intelligence abilities abroad and recklessly attacked our diplomatic standing at a time when Western unity is needed against the real threats of Islamist terrorism."
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