Transcript for White House On the Defensive
Diane is off tonight after a day of double trouble for the white hous scrambling to diffuse not bun wut two fire storms. The president accused of making false promise, even lying about obama care. New calls for a total stop to spying an friends. What did the president know? How much damage has been done and what will he do now. Jonathan carl starts us off. Reporter: Under fire for allegedly spying on americans and america's friends, the nation's spy chief made no apologize. We do not spy on anyone except for valid foreign purposes and we only work within the law. Reporter: We confirmed u.S. Intelligence has listened on the phone conversations of the leaders of 35 american allies, reports drew sharp criticism from both parties. The reports are very disturbing. Friends don't spy on friends. Reporter: Or do we? Is the spying on friends still going on? Is the united states now listening in on the phone conversations of friendly presidents and prime ministers? Jon, I'm not going to get into a discussion of specific reported activities, intelligence gathering activities. Reporter: Are we listening in on the phone conversations of friendly heads of state? I'm not going to talk about specific alleged or reported intelligence gathering operations. Reporter: But the head of the nsa warned that new limits on u.S. Espionage could be dangerous. It's much more important for this country that we defend this nation and take the beatings than it is to give up a program that would result in this nation being attacked. Reporter: The spy chiefs also flatly denied reports that they had collected tens of millions of phone records on citizens of spain and france. It turns out that it was spanish and french intelligence that gathered those phone reports. The director talked about our allies spying on us. He said they do it all the time. In fact, that's why when the president decided he wanted to keep his blackberry it went to u.S. Intelligence because they were concerned that even here in washington d.C. That our friends and our enemies could be trying to access whatever he was doing on his blackberry. Thanks very much.
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