[WSJ] U.S. Spy-Program Overhaul Draws Mixed Reaction Overseas

Officials of foreign governments greeted President Barack Obama's overhaul of U.S. spy practices Friday with a mix of skepticism and measured support [...] Critics of U.S. surveillance practices suggested that carve-outs for reasons of national security make the new protections hollow.

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of European digital-rights group La Quadrature du Net, described the speech as an exercise in "crisis communications."

"I don't think it's possible in one speech to change this U.S. exceptionalism —that if you hold a U.S. passport your rights are protected, and if you don't, you're dust," he said.