President Obama talks Iran and shutdown, but not NSA spying, in lengthy interview

US President Barack Obama gave an extended sit-down interview to the Associated Press on Friday evening, in which he covered a broad range of topics of national and global concern, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the historic shutdown of the US federal government — now in its fifth day, and the controversy over the Washington Redskins NFL team’s team, a pejorative term for Native Americans.

Noticeably absent from the conversation though, was any discussion of the growing controversy over the NSA’s secretive mass online surveillance apparatus. The AP’s reporter didn’t ask, and President Obama didn’t volunteer any opinions or information about the NSA’s spying programs, despite a new series of leaked government documents published…

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