NSA surveillance

NSA surveillance
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 8:29am

As the self-proclaimed whistleblower continues to make more claims about surveillance, the White House goes on the offensive.

As President Obama sits down with Russia's President in Ireland, former CIA employee Edward Snowden claims the U.S. may have helped Britain spy on his predecessor and other delegates - at the G-20 Summit in 2009.

In an online chat, Snowden denies he's a spy for China, and claims there's more to come.

"The more Edward Snowden lashes out -- the more he looks like somebody who's angry at the U.S. and wants to hurt the U.S.," says CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, John Harwood.

Even Snowden's father is asking him to stop the leaks, but it may be too late.

China wants answers, and Turkey calls snooping by the British "unacceptable."

Germany is expected to question President Obama about it in Ireland.

The White House is going on the offensive. After the G-8, President Obama will meet with privacy and civil liberties experts, as he tries to reassure Americans their rights aren't being violated.

In an interview with PBS, the President emphasized that there is no 'big brother' monitoring their every move, "...that they have enough information about how we operate that they know that their phone calls aren't being listened into; they're text messages aren't being monitored, their emails are not being read by some big brother somewhere," said The President.

The head of the National Security Agency is back on Capitol Hill today, expected to share more details about his agency's surveillance.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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