WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama said on Monday he will meet soon with a privacy and civil liberties oversight board to discuss ways to balance the need for US surveillance while respecting people's right to privacy.
Obama, in an interview with PBS anchor Charlie Rose, said he believed there is plenty of transparency about the US government's top-secret monitoring of Americans' phone and Internet data but that he has asked the intelligence community to see if there is more that can be revealed about it to reassure people.
"What I've asked the intelligence community to do is see how much of this we can declassify without further compromising the program. ... And they are in that process of doing so now," he said.
Obama has come under fire for the scope of surveillance by the National Security Agency revealed by former government contractor Edward Snowden.