- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

President Obama sought to reassure Europeans again Wednesday that America isn’t spying on them, saying his administration wants to “align” U.S. surveillance practices to address concerns in the European Union.

Mr. Obama said his administration is reviewing whether U.S. spy agencies have been “tipping over into being too intrusive with respect to the … interactions of other governments.”

“We are consulting with the EU in this process; we are consulting with other countries in this process and finding out from them what are their areas of specific concern and trying to align what we do in a way that … alleviates some of the public concerns,” Mr. Obama said in Stockholm.


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On his second trip to Europe since the revelations about the extent of National Security Agency surveillance, the president again fielded questions from European reporters who said the subject is still raising privacy concerns.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, granted temporary asylum in Russia, is still leaking details of the U.S. spy programs.

“I can give assurances to the publics in Europe and around the world that we’re not going around snooping at people’s emails or listening to their phone calls,” Mr. Obama said.