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October 25th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Fmr. State Department spokesman: Spying scandal will dog Obama for the rest of his time in office

One of the president's Homeland Security and counterterrorism advisers, Lisa Monaco, defended the administration's intelligence practices an a USA Today op-ed Friday, writing that surveillance policies are under review, and adding, "We are not listening to every phone call or reading every e-mail. Far from it...And though we collect the same sort of intelligence as all nations, our intelligence community has more restrictions and oversight than in any other country in history."

This comes one day after The Guardian newspaper reported the NSA is spying on world leaders, quite possibly including American allies. This is just the latest in a string of NSA revelations coming from former contractor Edward Snowden, and there may be more to come.

"Obviously, at some point, you'll reach the floor and then you can begin to rebuild what has been damaged and restore what's been lost," said former State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley.
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