Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper contradicts White House, says Obama was aware of spying on allies

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Either the president knew, and lied. Or the president did not know and was incompetent and dangerously out of touch. Take your choice.

Yup, the country is in good hands.

(From the Washington Times)

America’s top intelligence official acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama and other senior White House officials were well aware of U.S. surveillance activities targeting leaders of friendly foreign nations — a stark contradiction of the administration’s insinuation in recent days that the president was unaware of such spying.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper described the targeting of foreign leaders, including American allies, as a “fundamental” aspect of intelligence gathering, and said neither the CIA nor the National Security Agency can tap into a given leader’s private communications without White House oversight.

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