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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with executives from leading technology companies, including Apple, Twitter and Google, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on December 17, 2013. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with executives from leading technology companies, including Apple, Twitter and Google, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on December 17, 2013. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Obama meets this morning with executives from Google, Twitter, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, Comcast, LinkedIn, Etsy and AT&T.

The executives are asking the president to restrict government surveillance programs, now that it's become known how much information the National Security Agency collects through their systems.

The meeting comes as the White House is preparing to release a report that recommends a sweeping overhaul of surveillance programs, and Congress debates whether to rein in surveillance.

Also today, former NSA security analyst Edward Snowden, who six months ago made public the NSA's phone call "metadata" surveillance program, appealed to Brazil for political asylum to avoid prosecution in the U.S.

Wall Street Journal intelligence reporter Siobhan Gorman speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the purpose of the meeting and other stories surrounding the NSA.

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This segment aired on December 17, 2013.

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