Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) suggested Sunday that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, should be replaced.
“I think that we need an upgrade in the intelligence leadership,” Wyden said.
Wyden said he was encouraged by National Security Agency reforms recently announced by President Obama that would allow bulk records to stay with the phone companies.
But Wyden also declined to get into whether people in the U.S. should have other reasons to fear for their privacy, and would not weigh in on whether the NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be criminally charged.
“This is a debate that shouldn’t have started that way,” Wyden said. “I’m not a prosecutor.”