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Obama promises to keep U.S. safe, while planning to reform NSA

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Reuters

President Barack Obama revealed in a major speech on Friday big changes for the National Security Agency.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING:

"The reforms I'm proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe."

This comes months after former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden revealed damaging disclosures about NSA spy programs.

Obama promised that the NSA will not eavesdrop on the heads of state or government of close U.S. friends and allies.

According to leaked documents, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among many leaders targetted by this practice.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING:

"The leaders of our close friends and allies deserve to know that if I want to learn what they think about an issue, I will pick up the phone and call them, rather than