Obama expected to curb NSA access to phone records

JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's changes to U.S. government surveillance programs are expected to restrict National Security Agency access to Americans' phone records.

The president may also rein in spying on friendly foreign leaders. That's according to people familiar with a White House review of the nation's surveillance programs.

Obama could unveil his highly anticipated decisions as early as next week. On Thursday, the president plans to discuss his review with congressional lawmakers, while his top lawyer is set to meet with privacy groups.

The White House says Obama is still collecting information ahead of making final decisions. People familiar with the White House review insist on anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the process by name.