Originally published: January 17, 2014
Last updated: January 17, 2014 - 8:41pm
Many of the people most interested in what President Barack Obama had to say about surveillance reform were watching from thousands of miles away, far beyond American borders. Their verdict -- at least, based on early international reaction -- was unimpressed.
Foreign officials who’ve been engaged in these issues overseas say what President Obama said, and what he didn’t, left them concerned that he won’t follow through with much that matters -- and that some of what he’s proposed may lead to still more problems. And while they were glad to see President Obama finally addressing a topic he’s promised to for months, they say the changes look to them too modest in scope, leaving most international citizens with no more clarity about their own standing under American surveillance regulations than they had before the speech.