NSA surveillance needed to fight terrorism: Putin

Putin’s comment at a major news conference was surprising support for Obama’s administration.

Written by Associated Press | Moscow | Published:December 20, 2013 5:21 am

President Vladimir Putin Thursday said the NSA surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism,but added that the government needs to “limit the appetite” of the agency with a clear set of ground rules. Putin’s comment at a major news conference was surprising support for President Barack Obama’s administration. Putin,a 16-year KGB veteran and the former chief of Russia’s main espionage agency,said while the NSA programme “isn’t a cause for joy,it’s not a cause for repentance either” because it is needed to fight terrorism. He argued that it’s necessary to monitor large numbers of people to expose terrorist contacts. “On a political level,it’s necessary to limit the appetite of special services with certain rules,” he said.

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