Joe Mullin / C-SPAN During a Friday afternoon press conference, President Barack Obama said that he would work with Congress to declassify more information about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) secret surveillance programs.

At the same time, Obama denied that it was disclosures by Edward Snowden that moved this issue to the forefront.

The reforms were already in the works, he insisted; Snowden’s revelations were made in “the most sensationalized manner possible” and unduly scared people.

Even as he proposed reforms, Obama defended the spying as justified and protected from abuses—and he reiterated that Snowden is an accused felon and “not a patriot.”     

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