WorldViews: Putin on Obama: ‘I envy him because he can do something like this and get away with it’

By Terri Rupar, December 19, 2013

In his annual marathon news conference on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support for President Obama's surveillance programs, a day after a review group recommended curbing the National Security Agency's powers. Putin previously defended the programs, calling them "generally practicable" and "the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism" during a June interview. Below are some of Thursday's choice quotes from Putin, himself a former KGB agent.

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