The White House is expected to release a task force report of recommended changes to National Security Agency surveillance policies this afternoon, earlier than initially planned.
An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama following classified leaks by Edward Snowden will be released Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The review was submitted last week by an outside panel, but Carney said news reports about its recommendations were “inaccurate” so the White House has decided to release the conclusions now rather than in January as previously planned.
The report is part of an overall review of U.S. intelligence gathering that is “a fairly broad assessment,” Carney said.
Asked about responding to security threats, Carney said that whatever changes may result from the review process, “we will not harm our ability to face those threats.”
“We need to make sure we’re not gathering intelligence solely because we can, but because we must,” Carney said.
According to USA Today and other news reports, Obama met earlier Wednesday with members of the group, called the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Obama would speak about the report in January, according to Politico.
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