A legal adviser to Edward Snowden said that Barack Obama's swipe at the US intelligence leaker in his speech on Friday was "unnecessary" and framed the privacy issue in a false way of making people choose between liberty and security.
Jesselyn Radack, the national security and human rights director at the Government Accountability Project, said: "His unnecessary swipe at Snowden for the unauthorized disclosure ... was really unwarranted."
President Obama unveiled NSA reforms during a long-awaited speech that balanced pledges to increase privacy protections with a warning that intelligence gathering would continue.
More top news
Did the International Space Station take a wrong turn?
The wife of a British aid worker held by Islamic State militants has recorded a message to his captors appealing for his life to be spared.
Even if you're having a tough day in the office, it's unlikely to be as difficult as the one facing the director of the US Secret Service.