White House official sees need for 'constraints' on NSA spying

October 28, 2013 19:59

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday that some constraints are needed in US surveillance practices in the wake of embarrassing revelations about the sweeping nature of US spying.

The comment came a week after President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism over accusations that the National Security Agency had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and conducted widespread electronic snooping in France and Italy.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that with new intelligence-gathering capabilities, "we recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence."

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