- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2014

President Obama is meeting with Internet CEOs on Friday in the Oval Office regarding NSA snooping. The gathering is closed to the press.

Industry heavyweights like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have been increasingly frustrated over sporadic accusations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, as well as comments by the administration.

Over the past two weeks, NSA leaks by Mr. Snowden alleged that a program called QUANTUMHAND uses a fake Facebook page to glean information from targets, and another called MYSTIC culled 100 percent of an unnamed nation’s phone calls.

On Wednesday, the NSA’s general counsel Rajesh De told a government oversight group that the tech companies in question fully knew of the agency’s collection efforts under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, The Guardian in the U.K. reported.

Although an official listing of CEOs is not on the White House’s public schedule, it is likely that members of Apple and AOL are present. Both have denied knowing the size of scope of the NSA’s collection efforts, particularly as it pertains to the PRISM program that started the scandal.

CBS news reported that Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, is expected to be there.

The president’s sit-down with the tech industry’s CEOs comes one week before Attorney General Eric Holder and the intelligence community are scheduled to hand him a report that details ways to reform surveillance programs, CBS reported. 

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