NSA review panel to present findings to president

Obama will receive dossier with recommended reforms and assessment of leaks fallout from panel of insiders

Published October 28, 2013 7:31PM (EDT)


The NSA review panel -- heavily criticized for consisting of administration and national security insiders -- will present the president with a dossier of recommended reforms for the government's surveillance practices.

The president appointed the external review panel composed of insiders such as Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism chief, and Michael Morell, the previous deputy director of the CIA. Alongside recommendations to update surveillance practices in line with the latest technologies, the review reportedly addresses fallout -- especially regarding international diplomacy -- of Edward Snowden's leaks, which showed the NSA to be spying on many millions of EU citizens' communications and those of world leaders.

The Guardian's Paul Lewis reported:

The review, parts of which will be declassified and released to the public, will be completed by mid-December. However, a senior administration official familiar with the process said a secret "interim report" will be shared with the president shortly.

The group's work has been delayed slightly because of the recent US government shutdown, but it is expected to submit the report to the president via the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, in the week beginning 11 November.

By Natasha Lennard

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