Obama: US Intelligence Operations Getting 'Complete Review'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama isn't saying just when he learned about the reported U.S. eavesdropping on leaders of U.S. allies. But in a TV interview, Obama said the government is conducting a "complete review" of how U.S. intelligence operates elsewhere.

He wouldn't discuss specifics in the interview on the new TV network Fusion.

A senior administration official has said the White House is considering an end to the practice of listening in on friendly foreign leaders.

Obama said over the past several years, the capabilities of U.S. intelligence personnel "continue to develop and expand." He says the review will make clear that "what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing."

One U.S. official says Obama didn't know until after his visit to Germany in June that the National Security Agency was monitoring the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The White House has said the U.S. isn't currently listening to Merkel's conversations, and won't do so in the future.

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says there should be a thorough review of intelligence gathering -- bearing in mind the responsibility to keep Americans safe from terrorism as well as the nation's obligations to allies. Boehner says, "We have to find the right balance here." And, he adds, "Clearly, we're imbalanced."

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