TODAY   |  October 29, 2013

NSA faces House committee as reform pressure mounts

The head of the NSA will face the House Intelligence Committee as calls for reform mount at home and abroad, especially in Europe, where outrage is growing over America’s targeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> as the man in charge has his feet held to the fire today. andrea mitchell is on the story this morning. andrea, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, facing an on slot from europe about spying on leaders and scathing statements from two top senators on the intelligence committee , president obama is promising to scale back saying that just because spy agencies can do something doesn't mean they should and moving toward banning spying on friendly foreign leaders.

>> today the head of the nsa will have to face the house intelligence committee as cause for reform mount across europe and at home. european parliament members even came to the u.s. to protest america's targeting of the german chancellor 's cell phone .

>> we're asking ourselves if now the u.s. or nsa is considering her a terrorist.

>> reporter: she ordered a review saying i don't believe the united states should be collecting phone call or e-mails of friendly presidents and prime ministers . republican susan collins followed and said i know of no us justification for the administration's collection of intelligence on the leaders of our closest allies. it is undercutting white house arguments that the massive nsa collection is aimed at stopping terrorists.

>> this disclosure has been so public, so detailed, so specific, so personal to leaders, this changes the entire nature of the revelation.

>> reporter: edward snowden's revelation will keep coming says snowden's intermediary glenn greenwald .

>> there's documents pertaining to every country in europe and the middle east . and we intend to report much of that.

>> reporter: there's much more to come. other countries also spy on us but not to the extent of the nsa's sweeping data collection . the message in europe is that targeting of friendly foreign leaders destroyed trust with the u.s. leading some to not believe that the president was unaware of the program until recently.

>> diplomatic mess. thank you.