Obama likely to adjust US spying on foreign leaders, nearing decision on intelligence changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — People familiar with the White House review of the nation's surveillance programs says President Barack Obama is likely to tighten restrictions on spying on foreign leaders.

Spokesman Jay Carney says the president is still "listening and discussing" possible moves with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials at White House meetings.

Among the changes Obama is expected to announce is more oversight of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, a classified document that ranks U.S. intelligence- gathering priorities and is used to make decisions on scrutiny of foreign leaders. A presidential review board recommended increasing the number of officials who help establish those priorities.

The president also is said to be considering a proposal to strip the NSA of its ability to store telephone records from millions of Americans and instead have phone companies or a third party hold the records. The NSA would be able to access the records only by obtaining separate court approval for each search, though exceptions could be made for emergency national security matters.

Obama could unveil his decisions as early as next week.

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177-v-34-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)--President Obama is meeting with intelligence chiefs and others this week as he considers overhauling NSA surveillance programs. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (8 Jan 2014)

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178-c-22-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"of different voices"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president's holding several meetings on the snooping programs. (8 Jan 2014)

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179-c-21-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"as next week"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the sessions come as Obama ponders recommendations from a blue-ribbon review. (8 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO WX111: FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. President Barack Obama is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (6 Jun 2013)

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