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I don't think Mr Snowden was a patriot: Obama

world Updated: Aug 10, 2013 01:49 IST

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President Barack Obama says National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is not a patriot for revealing widespread government surveillance programmes.

Obama says he called for a review of the secret surveillance programmes before details of documents Snowden leaked to reporters were publicised in June.

He says Snowden's disclosures prompted a faster and more passionate response than if Obama had just appointed a board to review the policies.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Obama said he wants more oversight of the intelligence community's surveillance programs to strike a balance between protecting Americans' safety and their privacy.

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