sign off and hand over the helm to him. . in london 7:00 p.m. in dusseldorf 8:00 p.m. in jerusalem. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. up first, a chilling development in the crash of germanwings flight 9525 in the french alps. a report says the co-pilot that flew the plane into the mountains rehearsed his plan on an earlier flight. the co-pilot andreas lubitz apparently practiced putting the plane into a controlled descent during that flight. that according to an interim report just released by french accident investigators. lubitz is accused of deliberately crashing the fatal flight into the a alps killing himself and 149 other people on board. let's bring in our senior
international correspondent jim bittermann joining us from paris and cnn aviation analyst peter goels joining us from dallas. jim, walk us through exactly what the co-pilot did on that earlier flight how investigators now came to the conclusioning that it was a rehearsal for what eventually wound up doing. >> right. exactly. basically the earlier flight was the outbound flight from dusseldorf to barcelona and during that flight at one point, the pilot left the cockpit leaving the co-pilot lubitz in charge and he dialed into the setting on the autopilot, he dialed in the lowest setting, 100 feet. he had been ordered to descend according to air traffic controllers, descend from 37,000 to 35,000 and instead of setting it at 35,000 he set it to 100 feet and then just about a minute later, he again was ordered to descend by the air traffic controllers and they said to go down to 21,000 feet.
instead of setting in 21,000 he again set into motion the setting of 100 feet. so it was either a rehearsal or perhaps he was, in fact was going to try to crash that earlier flight and lost his nerve. unclear. in either case the pilot came back and was unaware apparently of any of these changes that were taking place in the cockpit, wolf. >> very disturbing. peter, when he selected that altitude to go down to 100 feet shouldn't that have gotten the attention of air traffic controllers? >> well it wouldn't have because he was in a descent, an ordered descent, so unless he went below the ordered altitude it would not have shown up. the only way somebody would have picked up on that behavior was some time after the fact downloading the data recorder and sometimes that occurs but there was no way this -- that this could have been picked up
at that moment. >> what do the french investigators there who released this report think that co-pilot was hoping to learn during that so-called dry run, that rehearsal, if, in fact, it was a rehearsal? >> well they're not going to tell us. we just had an interview just a short while ago with the head of the dea who was responsible for that preliminary report and he said they just don't have an idea of what was going on in his head but it's clear that he had gone through this pattern before. that's what makes this chilling is that if there was any kind of possibility that anybody was aware before the fatal crash, if there was any awareness that he had this intent then that would really sort of change the perspective on what happened in the crash. there apparently is none of that. >> we know jim, that when he eventually did crash into the french alps he locked the door when the pilot went to the -- went to the men's room and left in the rehearsal if you will
the door was not locked. is that right? >> it was not locked and the pilot came back and just before when the pilot buzzed the buzzer to say open the door in fact he dialed back the right -- the correct altitude into the autopilot so, in fact, he had -- he re-set it so the pilot would not be aware, we assume that the pilot would not be aware he had been playing around with it. >> does this suggest there should always be two people inside the cockpit, when one pilot or co-pilot has to leave, somebody else should go in there, based on what we've -- based on the experience of this ill fated flight? >> well that's certainly the most obvious first step wolf is you have to have two people in the cockpit. but one of the indications that the investigators are taking a new look at cockpit security they indicate that as part of this investigation and this tragedy tragedy, they are going to look at the post-9/11 procedures
about how do you secure the cockpit, how best to protect passengers should the procedures be revised. that's going to be part of this investigation when it comes out over the next year. >> and it certainly strengthens those, peter, who have called for cameras inside the cockpits video cameras, live streaming if you will at all times. that's been on the -- that's technically -- they're technically capable of that but pilots have resisted right? >> that's right. it's been a recommendation from the ntsb for years. pilots have resisted it. pilots continue to resist it although i think there's going to be some real dialog in the next six months about this. >> what happens, jim, next in this investigation? >> well, it's just about what you were just talking with peter about, the fact that the head of the accident investigation authority, will be bringing in all the details they can about
the pilot's mental health the co-pilot's mental health and background what kind of drugs he was taking. they don't think there's going to be change in the major parameters of the crash. what we know about the crash now is what apparently happened. but they do want to have all the background information and then they are going to come up with a set of recommendations about what should be done two pilot rule in the cockpit, all sorts of other -- change in the locking mechanism, for example or other kinds of things that might be done to prevent this kind of thing from happening again, wolf. >> and peter, andreas lubitz the co-pilot did suffer as we know bouts of depression. this ill fated flight what happened 149 people killed and the co-pilot himself, apparently committing suicide, has it affected the way airlines around the world are handling the issue, sensitive issue, of mental health of pilots? >> well there have been no changes yet, but there are
dialogs taking place, both, you know the pilot community is deeply concerned about this. they want to make sure that they're protecting their members members, but at the same time they have a special obligation. and how that's addressed in the coming months will be critical because people have a right to know that people who are in command of their aircraft are of sound mind sound body that they're going to do everything they can to get the flight there safely. >> as you know also peter, we've discussed this over the years, there is the technologies available right now, all the information, that goes into those two so-called black boxes, the flight data recorder the cockpit voice recorder all that information that winds up there, then they have to search for the two black boxes, they are capable of streaming all that information some place so you don't have to worry about finding those black boxes but been resistance on the front as well. tell us why? >> well the -- i means the air
carriers worldwide are resistant to change. particularly when you have an accident like this that they view as it's a one in a million, it's a one off. the reality is you could have streaming, you could set up parameters in which the streaming only begins when the plane is out of its flight parameters out of its approved flight plan then it starts. it sends out alerts. i think it's overdue. it ought to be done. >> yeah the technology is clearly there and i think the pressure is going to intensify. jim bittermann and peter goelsz thanks very much. the investigation into a terror attack in texas zeroing in on a series of tweets between one of the gunman and the man, an isis recruit from the united kingdom. a closer look at how big of a role he may have played in sunday's attack. new polls on the 2016 presidential race here in the united states. they're showing good news for hillary clinton. some challenges ahead for jeb
. to the texas terror attack. the terror group took responsibility but that's not been confirmed by investigators. the investigation is centered on two individuals who tweeted with one of the shooters elton simpson, one is in syria, the other one in somalia. joining us from london terrorism analyst paul crook shank and our correspondent atika shubert. let's start with junaid husain. what do we know about him and his pa past? >> he's a convicted hacker and really the only established hacker who's gone -- claims to
have gone to jar to fight for isis. convicted of computer offenses in 2012 for publishing the address book of tony blair, but also for hacking into the anti-terror phone lines of mi 6, the u.k. secret service. it's -- he's an established hacker but what makes him unusual his on-line presence is that he's always on-line, popped up numerous times under a number of different accounts and always cheering on these attacks including this most recent attack in garland, texas. apatiently why u.s. investigators are looking into what degree he may have had in either inciting or instigating that attack. i've spoken to a former hacker who was part of his hacking team in 2012 and he described junaid husain as a sort of volatile individual bit of a prankster, and -- but he grew increasingly worried when he had his last phone conversation with him in syria and he fired off several automatic weapons. he described him as a dangerous
individual. >> paul what else do you know about this guy, junaid husain? >> well we know wolf he went to syria in early 2013 that he connected with isis there, he's helping them try to hack isis' enemies overseas. he was linked to that sort of death list they put out in march where they listed all the united states personnel. we know he was late to that wolf because he posted that from his twitter account. [ screaming ] >> we're hearing extraneous noise over there. what's going on? >> basically, i mean we're in the middle of karn na by street with an area with a lot of people and as you know there's also an election happening here in the uk. i think that's attracting a lot of attention. so that's where that extraneous noise is coming from. but as the election continues, this is going to be a concern
but also security issues and this is why things like junaid husain's twitter account is being closely followed by investigators. >> that's right, wolf. isis british fighters have called for attacks in the u.k. against polling stations here certain amount of tension here in various forms leading up to the election. >> all right. we're going to leave you guys alone for now. we'll get back to you, obviously there's a lot of excitement in the uk. the election is coming up in the next day or so. so we're going to be having update on what's going on in the elections. that's coming up later this hour. atika shubert, paul crew shank, thanks very much. coming up the controversy in the freddie gray case here in the united states. one of the police officers charged in this death, challenging the prosecutor over the knife gray had when he was arrested. was that knife actually illegal. the answer be may come down to a single spring.
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. we go next to baltimore, maryland where emotions are still raw after the death of freddie gray. the big question today, centers on the knife gray was carrying at the time of his arrest. was it illegal? two of the six police officers charged in the case insist it was and they're challenging the prosecutor prosecutors' claim gray was arrested without just cause. athena jones joining us live from baltimore. lawyers for the officer edward near ro and garrett miller requested to see the knife. what's the distinction between how the officers and the state's attorney marilyn mosby are describing the knife, whether it was legal or illegal, for
freddie gray to be carrying that knife at that time? >> hi wolf. of course the question of whether the knife was legal or illegal is important because if it was a legal knife as marilyn mosby is arguing the officers didn't have a right to arrest limb. the lawyers for the two arresting officers say this was an illegal switch blade, illegal under the law here in maryland. they are demanding the state's attorney the police department present this knife, produce the knife, so they can examine it and prove that, in fact, it was -- he was not allowed to be carrying this knife. of course i spoke with a former prosecutor here who told me if it turns out that knife was illegal it could complicate the case at least against these two officers. so that's the issue they are bringing up. of course it could take several weeks, if not longer to get a word back from that judge, a response on whether they will get to see that knife. >> are there different rules? we had been told i don't know if this is true, there's one set
of rules for that knife in the city of baltimore, another set of rules in the state of maryland or county of baltimore? have you looked into that? >> i did ask a former prosecutor for the state's attorneys office whether there was a disparity and she said she hadn't examined the law. she suggested there are sometimes different rules applied to the city versus the state and what's interesting here if that's the case in this particular case then the state's attorney chose what rules to follow. she was able to select the rules governing baltimore city. it's a little complicated in terms of the weeds, but the bottom line a lot of questions about the knife and whether or not it was legal. we, of course, haven't seen it and so we're not going to know the answer to that until that knife is produced. >> the mayor also requested, as you know a new investigation by the department of justice here in washington. they're already looking into whether freddie gray's civil rights were violated. what does the mayor want?
what is her request from the federal government right now as far as the baltimore police department is concerned? >> right. this is a big deal, wolf. as you mentioned the d.o.j. is investigating the case of freddie gray. the mayor wants to see the justice department investigate the entire baltimore city police department to look into the patterns and practices of the police department, to determine if police have been violating the rights of residents. for instance violating the -- their fourth amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, an important civil right. she wants to have them look into that. this is similar to the patterns and practices investigation that the d.o.j. conducted in ferguson, missouri. the officer in that case wasn't indicted but the department of justice did investigate the entire ferguson police department and, of course the municipal courts there and found that there was a pattern of civil rights violations so if the d.o.j. decides to go forward on this they are actively considering whether to open that investigation, it will be a big
deal and also take a long time. this is a much bigger police department, of course, than the one in ferguson, missouri. >> certainly is. the mayor also made an announcement regarding body cameras. what's her plan? >> >> her plan she said was to have body cameras implemented here in the baltimore city police department by the end of the year. now i, of course asked how soon would body cameras be on every single officer. she said she didn't want to set any false expectations. she's ordered her people to cut through any bureaucratic red tape there could be to fast track these body cameras. but it's unclear at this point how wide reaching it will be by when. she said it would be the biggest program of body cameras of any department in the country. they want to study it and do it right. i should mention next week next tuesday, the governor of maryland larry hogan plans to sign a bill that would allow study of these body cameras so this is something they want to move on not just here in the city of baltimore but across the state. wolf? >> all right. thank you very much athena for
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caused a stir that alleges donations to the clinton global initiative had undue influence on hillary clinton's decisions while secretary of state. in an interview with christiane amanpour the former president bill clinton says those accusations just won't fly. >> we had a policy when she was secretary of state that we would only continue accepting money from people that were already giving us money and i tried to recreate that policy as nearly as i can now during the campaign. with minor exceptions of our health care work which we can talk about if you like. i think they all -- people know that. they understand that enormous percentage of health and development work around the world is funded by governments and multinational organizations and they fund us because they think we're good at solving problems and taking advantage of opportunities. but we also have 300,000 other
donors and 90% of them give $100 or less. so there's no evidence. even the guy that wrote the book apparently had to admit under questioning that he didn't have a shred of evidence for this. he sort of thought he would throw it out there and see if it would fly and it won't fly. >> it won't fly. is that what you say? it won't fly? >> it won't fly. >> stay with cnn throughout the day to hear more of christian's interview with the former president bill clinton. from questions about the financial practices from her family's foundation to scrutiny of about her private e-mail account when she was secretary of state, hillary clinton's campaign is watching the polls right now, but sometimes the information from these polls can send out some mixed messages. for example, the latest "new york times"/cbs poll shows 48% think hillary clinton is honest and trust worthy 45% do not think he's honest and trust worthy. a "wall street journal"/nbc poll
asked a similar but not exact question only 25% of the people think she is honest and straightforward, that's down from the 38% last summer. let's talk more about all of this with our chief political analyst gloria borger and chief congressional correspondent dana bash. gloria you have an important column on cnn.com among other things you write this you say even though the new cbs news/"new york times" poll found a slight rebound in her favor regarding whether she's honest the public is still split on the matter and when you run for president, trust is not a small matter. these numbers, though, they seem to be a bit confusing. >> they are confusing, so we took a real look at it. look wolf it depends on what you're comparing your new numbers to what the history of your numbers were that's why they're divergent because the journal has had lower numbers for hillary clinton than the "new york times," but also it depends how you ask these questions. if you ask people is she honest
or trustworthy yes or no one kind of an answer. ask, rate her on a scale of 1 to 5, is she honest or trustworthy you will get a different kind of answer. will it be a 4? shes a trustworthy 4 or 5. it's complicated. so these polls are divergent. but the bottom line wolf is i wrote, which is that she does have an issue out there with american voters so far about whether she is honest and straightforward and that's something that the campaign rightly so is paying attention to. >> it's not just the clinton foundation the fund-raising it's also her e-mails the server and all of that. there's been a whole lot of stuff thrown out there. >> absolutely. and it doesn't help hillary clinton that you have more than a dozen republicans just so entirely eager to not necessarily hit each other, they vice president been doing that they've been going after her with all of the force and might that they have on a whole number of issues but because
they're watching the same polls that we are, on the issue of trust. and whether or not she's trust worthy because, you know, they see what happened to their republican candidate in 2012 not that mitt romney wasn't considered trust worthy but wasn't considered authentic and that's something that republicans to a person say is going to help whom ever is the republican nominee because most of them claim that they come across as who they are. >> you know gloria she was in las vegas yesterday speaking about immigration reform and she had some strong words, i'll play a clip. >> we can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship. now this is where i differ with everybody on the republican side. make no mistakes today, not a single republican candidate announced or potential is clearly and consistently supporting a path to
citizenship. not one. when they talk about legal status that is code for second-class status. >> so she's not mining words as far as the 11 or 12 million people in the united states who don't have legal status right now. she wants them dana gloria start with you, wants them to have an opportunity to become full citizens of the united states. >> she does. it's translation, bring it on republicans. there is no reason for hillary clinton to not take on the republicans on this issue. she could stand to do better with hispanic voters than she did when running against then candidate obama. this is a clear way for her to do it. she is not only saying let dreamers be citizens but let the parents of dreamers be citizens. this is a big step even beyond the president and i think she is saying to thep are bes, folks you want to have this debate and
change the topic from what we were talking about before her trust worthiness to her stand on immigration a serious issue. >> did it in nevada which has a number of hispanic voters. the other thing to gloria's point republicans are saying okay bring it on and she's finally picking a fight with them at least a couple are saying okay be you want to fight, let's go. read you quickly what mike huckabee said about the comments. hillary has started her campaign with an open plea to win obama's third term supporting president obama's call for a pathway to squintship is in effect support for amnesty. so, you know gek again, within a republican and trying to prove to your constituentsy and gop and primary caucusgoers you're the person who can take on hillary clinton they're more than happy to answer her call for a fight. >> gloria talk about jeb bush a lot of establishment republicans think he's the frontrunner right now, but a new
quinnipiac poll in iowa the first caucus state that does not show him doing well in iowa. >> doing badly. >> take a look at this. scott walker the governor of wisconsin, 21%, marco rubio, rand paul 13%, he's down at only 5% in iowa. what's going on? >> not so good. look i was talking to people from the walker team and you see walker is doing very well there, look he's out front, hasn't even announced yet. clearly rubio and cruz look like they have a lot of staying power in the state of iowa and i'm told bush is personally making phone calls to activists in the state to say, consider me. he's clearly got an iowa problem. he wants to play in the e evangelical field as dana was pointing out yesterday that's pretty crowded right now, so he does -- he does have a problem. but now they can say, we don't need to win in iowa just need to do well in iowa. >> that's the point i was going to make which is the fact of
the matter is because the kind of republican jeb bush is, he tends to appeal more to the establishment republican party. the expectations are already incredibly low for him to do well in iowa much more of an activist grassroots kind of place and it sounds like spin but in this case i actually based on my experience covering campaigns believe it to be true. that the expectations game is perfect for them. they're very low. they can't go lower than this. so, you know actually it's walker's people who are concerned about peaking so early. >> right. >> who wants to be in first place now? >> it's coming up not that long from now. guys thanks very much. gloria and dana. coming up new information the nfl is just releasing a new report on its so-called deflate-gate findings and the new england patriots quarterback tom brady will likely not be happy about this report. the details coming up next. i have type 2 diabetes. i started with pills. and now i take a long-acting insulin at night. i take mine in the morning. i was trying to eat right, stay active.
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. this is cnn breaking news. an nfl investigation reveals that so-called deflategate scandal was more than likely a deliberate act by the new england patriots' personnel. our sports correspondent coy wire is joining us on the phone. big news the national football league the investigation was led by the attorney ted wells. tell us what he confluided? >> -- concluded? >> well ted wells basically came out, wolf and he said that, you know that it's his view that not only it's more than probable that tom brady was aware, generally aware of inappropriate activity but also patriots' officials. jim mcnally the locker room attendant and john ja strem ski, an assistant equipment manager, were proper than probably involved in this. this is huge in my mind wolf because this is the second
offense for the patriots and especially under the microscope now will be tom brady who came out in the press conference and addressed this issue and said he had no idea about what was going on. that's not what ted wells found and that's likely this how goodell will treat this as a second offense and may bring down the hammer on the patriots and maybe tom brady as well. >> one of the excerpts from the report let me read it more than probable that -- it is more probable than not that new england patriots personnel participated in a violations of the playing rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules. i know that the chairman and ceo of the new england patriots robert kraft he's not happy with this. he's disputing it saying they fully cooperated issued a lengthy statement saying while i respect the independent process in the investigation, the time effort and resources expended to reach this are incomprehensible to me although went on to say
they'll abide by whatever the nfl tells them to do. they're disputing this conclusion. where do we go from here? >> wolf one thing, this is a 243 page report working through it to find more but i think that based on the fact that this is a second offense, we can look to the first offense, spygate, when the patriots were involved in illegally using sideline cameras, the organization was fined $250,000 there and bill belichick, the head coach was fined $500,000 for that and the team lost a first round draft pick. i think that they're going to -- because of the second offense, it's going to have to be at least as much maybe even more we can also look to spygate for reference about some possible punishment here. that's when the new england saints involved in bounty gate. sean payton suspended for a full year and goodell said ignorance was no excuse. sean payton claimed to not know
about the wrongdoings of the team it did not save him from suffering a year long suspension. it will be interesting to see how big of a hammer roger goodell brings on the new england patriots in this. >> and maybe on tom brady the star quarterback of the new england patriots because as we said the conclusion of this report it's more probable than not that tom brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activity sies so a serious situation. coy wire reporting for us thank you. other news an election with big implications for the united states. it's not the presidential race here in the united states still 18 months away the u.k. elections are tomorrow and british voters facing choices that could reshape their country's global roles for years to come. richard quest is joining us to help us better understand what's going on. the current prime minister david cameron with the conservative party. the labor party challenger ed
miliband they seem to be neck and neck. there's a special relationship between the u.s. and britain. tell us what's going on first of all in the u.k. right now. what is all this mean because it looks very close between cameron and miliband. >> wolf in all the years i've been covering politics and living in britain, we've never seen an election quite like this. the entire two-party structure conservatives and labor, backwards and forwards has gone right out of the window. it's too close to call. the scottish party, the scottish nationalist party may hold the balance of power. we've got fringe parties who are anti-immigration. we've got a coalition that may not survive. wolf putting it bluntly, britain as it goes into this election tomorrow is facing absolutely, unchartered electoral waters. no one knows how it's going to end tomorrow night. the polls are that close.
>> we know the economy is a huge issue as the voters goil to the polls. david cameron conservative party stays the country will have a referendum on whether britain should stay in the european union. how would that play out? >> that's the interesting part from the united states point of view. because the u.s. is very keen that the u.k. stays in europe and the u.s. politicians and u.s. diplomats, in fact u.s. strategists are saying what's happening is that britain is looking inwards, anti-immigration looking at whether it's going to pull out of the european union, questioning its trident defense replacement, looking at all these different areas, britain seems to be retrenching from a global position. that's worrying in the united states and worrying for any administration coming into washington because the one friend they've always known pretty much they can rely on is the person in number 10. ed miliband the labor leader
doesn't mind saying no to the leader of the free world and, wolf we've got a situation where washington may not be able to rely as reliably on london. >> let's see what the results are. we'll have obviously a lot of coverage coming up tomorrow here on cnn and cnn international. richard, thank you. coming up inside the mysterious world of nouk. the cnn -- north korea. from the country's nuclear program to charges of human rights abuses no topic was off limits. ♪music continues♪ [announcer] everyone works hard for a reason. working together,we can help you prepare financially for when two becomes three. wells fargo. together we'll go far.
we're back with a cnn exclusive, taking you inside the world's most secretive country. for years we've heard stories about north korea and its alleged crimes against humanity. everything from mass executions to political prisons, forced labor camps. so how does north korea view these charges from the outside world? our own will ripley traveled to pyongyang to get some answers. >> reporter: north korea's propaganda machine turns out plenty of fiery rhetoric and high-level officials fiercely distrust international media, rarely giving interviews. but a member of north korea's inner circle is speaking exclusively to cnn. he's deputy director of a north korean think tank with close ties to the highest levels of government. no topic was off limits. south korea's national
intelligence service alleged that the marshall kim jong-un ordered 15 executions of officials this year. >> translator: the report itself is malicious slander. >> reporter: he calls allegations the supreme leader is killing off his opponents baseless and groundless but does not deny executions do take place here. >> translator: it's very normal for any country to go after those hostile elements and punish them and execute them. >> reporter: we also asked about north korea's growing nuclear program. much of the international community considers pyongyang's nuclear arsenal a threat to the region's stability. >> translator: we are equipped with nuclear weapons. we'll continue to improve our nuclear arsenal as long as we are under threat from the united states. >> reporter: does north korea have a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland united states? >> translator: yes, of course. >> reporter: would north korea ever consider using that weapon? >> translator: we may use them if we are forced by the u.s. to
do so. >> reporter: the north clearly undeterred by u.n. economic sanctions. pyongyang is also at odds with the international community. on a recent u.n. report alleging human rights abuses based on the testimony of hundreds of defectors who claim the north has a network of brutal prison camps. >> translator: we don't have political prison camps because my society is a society where we have no political strife factions or political divisions. as a result we don't have the term political prisoner. >> reporter: in north korea, you do not hear dissenting views in interviews with every day people or on the state-run media. in fact, most north koreaens koreans have no access to the internet. yet, park says they are making strides in science and technology. college is free to those who pass rigorous entrance exams. the focus now, improving north korea korea's struggling economy.
>> translator: they have now advanced in many different areas. we're a major power politically, ideologically, and militarily. the last remaining objective is to make a strong economic power. >> reporter: improving the living standard for north korea's nearly 25 million citizens means this nation must improve ties with the international community. with mutual distrust and pyongyang's consistent refusal to disarm its nuke earclear arsenal there, seems to be no clear path to moving forward. will ripley cnn, pyongyang, north korea. just ahead, for the first time in 50 years certain americans will now be able to go directly to cuba without flying there. we'll tell you what's going on. stay with us. i don't want to live with the uncertainties of hep c. or wonder whether i should seek treatment. i am ready. because today there's harvoni. a revolutionary treatment for the most common type of chronic hepatitis c. harvoni is proven to cure up to 99% of patients
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trip to cuba could soon be just a ferry ride away. the u.s. government has now issued ferry licenses to at least five companies. travel to cuba still heavily restricted however with more let's get to cnn's havana-based correspondent patrick ottman who's joining us now. who will be able to take advantage of this ferry service when it's only 90 miles from florida to cuba? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. and very soon we expect to see droves of american visitors coming to where i am standing right now, the harbor in havana. this will be the first time since the cuban revolution
they'll be able to come by boat or regular ferry service. of course, as you mention, it is restricted. not anybody will be able to get on these ferry services once it is set up. but more people, with the loosening of restrictions will be able to take advantage of a ferry service. we're talking about journalists, cuban-americans visiting families people coming for research reasons, religious reasons, people coming here to investigate future business opportunities once the u.s. embargo is lifted. so we're already seeing an uptick in american visitors here. the flights from miami, and they're added flights from places like new york to havana. they're always packed. this is just going to be one more avenue. it might take up to ten hours to come on a ferry from miami to havana but people are almost scrambling. they want to do it. they want to be part of history. they want to go across the straits of florida, go to sleep in miami, and wake up in havana just like their grandparents did before the cuban revolution.
some of these boats even offer gambling. of course once they get into cuban waters they'll have to put away slot machines and card tables. ever since fidel castro took over in cuba, one of the things he did was ban gambling. but lots of people excited about this new way to come to cuba. >> with his new opening in u.s.-cuban relations, a lot of tourists are going to want to go to cuba. can they accommodate them yet? >> reporter: oh they need a lot of -- there's too much to build to really meet the demand the short-term demand. cuban officials have told me they expected just this year to see over 500,000 new visitors from the united states. that's going to almost double what hay got last year if they're correct. they say that's conservative. perhaps close to a million visitors coming from the u.s. and that's still with certain travel restrictions in place. there's just not enough room. the infrastructure is not here. they're going to have to do a lot of building. all the same people americans
are coming. >> they'll be doing it i'm sure. thanks very much patrick oppmann in hahvana. that's it for me. for our viewers in north america, "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. breaking news now from the nfl after months we are finally getting an answer on the infamous deflategate. well that's actually depending upon who you ask. according to this league investigation, new england patriots more likely than not deliberately deflated game balls during the afc championship game against the indianapolis colts. when you read further into this report it specifically says quarterback tom brady of the pats likely had at least general knowledge of the possible violation. that finding a stark