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White House to release NSA review group report today

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The White House will release the full report from the task force that reviewed National Security Agency surveillance programs on Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney announced.

The administration had intended to release the report in January after President Obama finished reviewing the outside panel's recommendations for reforming the government's monitoring of phone and electronic communications.

But Carney said that inaccurate media reports about the panel’s findings led the White House to decide to share the review with the public sooner.

“We will be doing that this afternoon,” said Carney.

Carney said that when Obama finished the overall review he would outline which of the 46 recommendations he would adopt, a process he said would likely last through January.

“He wants to, and his team wants to, take time to assess it, review it and that is why in January when the overall internal review is completed the president will make remarks,” he said.

Obama met earlier today with the members of the review board, who delivered their report to Obama on Monday.

Carney said Obama was “grateful to the group … for devoting themselves to this effort for the past several months.”

He said the president was “sorting through which recommendations we will implement, which require further study and which we will choose not to pursue.”

Obama is facing tough pressure from civil liberties groups and the tech industry to adopt tougher restrictions on when the NSA can conduct surveillance.

In a meeting with Obama at the White House on Tuesday, a group of tech industry leaders said they had urged the president to “move aggressively” to reform the controversial spy agency.

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