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NSA surveillance: U.S. weighs ending spying on allied heads of state

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A disruptive person was removed from Tuesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on eavesdropping when it comes to other countries – including key U.S. allies.

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The National Security Administration’s director staunchly denied any willful wrongdoing.

"Nothing that has been released has shown we have done anything illegal," said General Keith Alexander.

As far as what the President Obama knew and when he knew it, there still is no clear answer.

"What I am confirming is the fact that we're undergoing a complete review of how our intelligence operates outside of the country," he said.

A bipartisan plan introduced on Tuesday would scrap the NSA’s massive sweep of phone records – which critics say violate privacy laws. But the Obama administration has said this surveillance is vital in the fight against terrorism.

The challenge in all of this, however, is balancing competing but important interests.

"We've got to find the right balance here," said Speaker John Boehner. "And clearly...we're imbalanced as we stand here."

A Senior Administration official has said that the White House is considering ending the practice of listening in on friendly foreign leaders.

And all agree that the issue right now is balancing national security, allied trust, and American civil liberties and privacy.

Spain's prosecutor's office said Tuesday that it has opened a preliminary inquiry to determine whether a crime was committed by the NSA.

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