A classified congressional report on Edward Snowden's stunning 2013 removal of top secret National Security Agency documents was approved Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee. It was just hours before the Oliver Stone biopic, Snowden, is set to hit theaters nationwide. Panel members say their report paints a far less favorable portrait of Snowden and his motives than the new movie does.
Supporters of National Security Agency data leaker Edward Snowden launched a campaign Wednesday urging President Obama to pardon Snowden from a possible 30-year prison sentence. Snowden has been exiled in Russia since making off with a trove of NSA files in 2013, and he spoke from there via video link to his supporters Wednesday. The campaign coincides with the release of an Oliver Stone biopic titled, Snowden.
An information war is underway on Ukraine's troubled eastern flank, with pro-Russia radio and TV dominating the airwaves. But with key help from an American charity that makes no claim to neutrality, Ukraine's military now has its own FM radio station for its troops on the front. The reach of Army FM is limited, but Spirit of America's Jim Hake is determined to change that.
The only known assailant in the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers has been identified as a 25-year-old former member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Before he was killed by a robot-delivered bomb, Micah Xavier Johnson told police he was acting alone and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.
The Obama administration is accelerating the process by which it screens Guantanamo detainees for possible release, part of its concerted strategy to empty the prison and, if it can, close it down. One such panel convened on Thursday, and NPR joined observers at the Pentagon.
Israel is the top recipient, by a wide margin, of U.S. foreign military aid. As the current 10-year aid package nears its end, U.S. and Israeli officials are negotiating a new and likely even bigger aid deal. Senators from both parties are prodding the White House to get a "robust" deal done; many have arms industries that will benefit. Critics call it a give away to a prosperous nation that drains spending on the home front.
Critics in the Senate charge that, of all the foreign forces operating in Syria today, the Russians are on the most solid legal ground. Damascus has invited Russia to make its deployment, whereas neither Congress nor Syria has ever explicitly authorized any American military involvement there.
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