WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that President Barack Obama's speech on reforming the National Security Agency contained a lot of lies and that the president spent a lot of time saying nothing. Assange made his comments during an interview on CNN after the speech aired.
"We heard a lot of lies in this speech by Obama," Assange said. "I think it’s embarrassing for a head of state to go on like that for 45 minutes and say almost nothing."
Assange also pointed out that the president wouldn't be talking about reforming the NSA if Edward Snowden hadn't leaked the information in the first place.
Obama was "dragged, kicking and screaming" to address this issue, according to Assange.
"Although those national whistle blowers have forced this debate, this president has been dragged, kicking and screaming to today’s address. He is being very reluctant to make any concrete reforms," he said. "Unfortunately today we also see very few concrete reforms."
Assange closed by saying that the president is pushing the debate further down the road by handing it over to a divided U.S. Congress and what he calls "panels of lawyers."
You can learn more about the proposed changes to the NSA's surveillance programs here.
Source: The Hill