Mild Rebuff US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gently rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism of US Internet surveillance and gave a light-hearted explanation of why he hasn't kept all his promises: "People don't always do exactly what you want -- it's shocking."
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak on the terrace of the Chancellery in Berlin.

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak on the terrace of the Chancellery in Berlin.

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Photo Gallery: A President Visits Berlin

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