“We don’t have a domestic spying program,” Obama said. “What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an e-mail address that is connected to a terrorist attack. That information is useful.”
Obama wouldn’t say what he would call Snowden – who has been labeled a hero and a traitor by different parties. The U.S. government has accused of him being a criminal.
“We don’t know exactly what he did, except what he said on the Internet and it’s important for me not to judge,” Obama told Leno.
Obama said he asked his staff to look at ways to reduce the number of contractors in national security; Snowden worked for contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
Obama defended recent decisions to shutter U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa and to issue a global travel alert. Americans, he said, should still take vacation in a “prudent way” by reviewing State Department guidance on the Web.
“The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately,” Obama said. ”The general rule is just show some common sense and some caution.” Continue reading via The Washington Post...