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December 20th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Edward Snowden casts long shadow on Obama

(CNN) - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may be in hiding thousands of miles away, but he cast a long shadow over Friday's White House press conference.

"As a consequence of these disclosures, we've got countries who actually do the things that Mr. Snowden says he's worried about, very explicitly engaging in surveillance of their own citizens; targeting political dissidents; targeting and suppressing the press; who somehow are able to sit on the sidelines and act as if it's the United States that has problems when it comes to surveillance and intelligence operations," President Barack Obama told reporters Friday.

The NSA surveillance program is now the President's to own. He admitted Snowden's leaks were "damaging" and said that the trust of the American people has been damaged, too. Will that trust ever come back?

Our politics panel with CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page, and CNN "Crossfire" host Van Jones discuss.

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