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Obama Acknowledges Strained Relations With Silicon Valley

Obama says the leaks by Edward Snowden "were really harmful in terms of the trust between government and many of these companies."

The U.S. intelligence agency’s bulk data collection efforts and the government’s “slow” response have strained the White House’s relationship with Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama said on Friday.

Obama said his relationship with Silicon Valley and the tech community has historically been pretty good. But the revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass data collection by former contractor Edward Snowden “were really harmful in terms of the trust between government and many of these companies, in part because of the impact it had on their bottom lines.”

The president made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with Re/code’s Kara Swisher in Silicon Valley, where he headlined a first-ever White House summit on cyber security issues and was scheduled to attend a Democratic party fundraiser.

See the full interview at Re/code.

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