In some cases, U.S. spying ’has reached too far’ - Secretary of State
In remarks via teleconference to an "open government" summit in London, Kerry defended espionage as necessary in the fight against terrorism but conceded restraint was necessary.
Kerry indicated that the revelations of widespread snooping by the National Security Administration (NSA) through leaks by former government contractor Edward Snowden caught everyone by surprise.
"The president and I and others in government have actually learned of some things that had been happening, in many ways, on an automatic pilot because the technology is there," Kerry said.
He said he will work with the president to prevent further inappropriate acts by the National Security Agency.
Kerry insisted that surveillance has produced information that has stopped airplanes "from going down, buildings from being blown up, and people from being assassinated."
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