Wikileaks Founder Says President Obama’s NSA Speech Contained ‘a Lot of Lies’

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

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    Michael Chandra says:

    Doesn't change the fact he did what he did, and I believe the accusations myself. I don't believe whether he truly believes he'll be delivered to the US or is simply avoiding the consequences of his actions. And personally I agree that secretly having sex without a condom without consent is wrong.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Assange has been accused of some kind of sexual assault. He is being sought for questioning, not trial. He is hiding out in the embassy due to the very real threat that the extradition over this charge is merely a front to get him out of the embassy so that he may be extradited to the US for espionage or some other spying related charges. It is no secret the US considers Assange to be on the same level as Bin Laden.

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    Longjocks says:

    I sincerely hope you never bought a Michael Jackson album and enjoyed it on the merits of the music rather than his 'alleged' kiddy fiddling. You can choose not to buy and support after the accusations, but the music has nothing to do with it.

    (Disclaimer: I'm not an MJ fan either, but it shouldn't be hard to get the point)

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    He is someone who has outed information of government abuse. At a certain point we as Americans expect our freedoms to be upheld. The president of the United States is not a King and should not be beyond criticism

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    black manta says:

    Considering who said this quote, I find it highly ironic.  Assange should be the last person talking about truthfulness in anything.  The guy's a raging sociopath.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Wait so you mean that Republican who said openly during Obama’s State of the Union address “You lie” was right?

    But Obama used his typical “Let me be clear” line!

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