White House to Review Spying on Allies

Officials walk back comments by Dianne Feinstein that the practice had ended.
1:34 | 10/29/13

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The chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, dianne feinstein, pushing hard on the white house. That's where jon karl is now. Good morning, jon. Reporter: Faced with outrage from our allies and now from democrats on capitol hill, the white house is considering putting an end to the practice of spying on the leaders of off allies. It is unclear how far they're willing to go and when. Late yesterday, dianne feinstein, the top democrat on the intelligence committee, said as if the white house had assured her that the practice had stopped. The white house has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue. But the white house this morning is telling me, that is not true. Look at this statement from a senior administration official this morning. Chairman feinstein's statement, the collection on our allies will not continue was not accurate. Right there, the white house is saying, seems to me, that spying on our allies will continue. Continues right now. But clearly, there is a major review under way. And I expect these practices will be curtailed at the very least. And a lot of murkiness over what is happen right now. What the president knew and what he's going to do. Reporter: That's right. And in addition to this white house review, chairman feinstein is going to launch a comprehensive review up on capitol hill. They're saying this will be the biggest review of u.S. Spy programs since after vietnam with the church commission. This will be a top-to-bottom review, not just on this. But all of our spy practices. No end of controversy there. Far from over. You're right, george.

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