TODAY   |  October 26, 2013

Rally planned as NSA website goes down

Thousands of people are expected to march on National Mall Saturday in protest of the government's surveillance program. The protest comes after the NSA website went down temporarily, though officials say it was a glitch, and not the result of hacking. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> more fallout over the nsa spying program and news overnight that its website was shut down for hours. kristen welker is live at the white house with more on that. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning to you, lester. thousands of people are expected to mash on the national mall later on today to protest the government's surveillance program and come as there have been new rel lags aborevelations about that program. that has infuriated some of the united states closest allies including france and germany. they are asking for answers. we know that german officials are going to travel to the united states in the coming weeks to speak to u.s. officials about all of this. separately the nsa's website went down for a couple of hours last night. some people thought it may have been hacked, but an nsa spokesperson told me late last night that that wasn't the case, that it was due to a technical glitch. now, this could undermine the united states 's foreign policy and efforts to deal with issues like iran and syria with its closest allies.

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