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this experience, it is that i need to be more diligent and vigilant about reading those warnings. because the consequences can be dire. a corroborating whistle-blower, a second individual has come forward. this one claiming to have firsthandle knowledge of the ukraine scandal involving the u.s. president. this woman says a diplomat's wife killed her son in a car crash. now this grieving mother is demanding justice. the plus, drone video out of china appears to show abusive treatment of uighur muslims at the hands of the chinese government. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and from all around the world, i'm rosemary church. >> in studio 7 at cnn world headquarters in atlanta, i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts now.
there is a new whistle-blower in the ukraine skanl scandal facing the u.s. president donald trump. the lawyer for the first whistle-blower says his team represents the second client who works in the intelligence community who has firsthand knowledge backing up claims of the first whistle-blower. >> mr. trump insists he did nothing wrong by asking ukraine to investigate political rival joe biden after withholding military aid, but he's already been lashing out on twitter over this second whistle-blower. and he's launching baseless accusations at two of the top democrats in the house, accusing them of high crimes, misdemeanors and treason. cnn's jeremy diamond has more from washington.
>> reporter: we now know there are two whistle-blowers from within the intelligence community who have raised concerns about president trump's call with the president of ukraine. attorneys for the first whistle-blower now say they're also representing at least a second whistle-blower from within the intelligence community. and this whistle-blower proclaims to have firsthand information about many of the instances raised in that first whistle-blower's complaints. that has, of course, been a key republican talking point aimed at discrediting that first whistle-blower. the fact that many allegations that were made, the whistle-blower obtained secondhand. now, as far as the white house reaction to the second whistle-blower, they're essentially saying there's nothing to see here, folks. here is a statement from the white house press secretary stephanie grisham. she says it doesn't matter how many people decide to call themselves whistle-blower about the same telephone call. a call the president has already made public. it doesn't change the fact that he has done nothing wrong. now, of course, despite that, we've seen the president repeatedly attacking the whistle-blower on twitter this
weekend. also attacking democrats, the media and even one republican who dared to come out and publicly criticize the president's requests that china and ukraine investigate his political rival, joe biden. senator mitt romney, the former republic nominee, came out and called president trump's requests appalling and wrong. president trump has fired back calling for senator romney's impeachment. of course, senators can't be impeached. the president's message is clear, to any republican who comes out and speaks out against him, this is what could come. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. many of mr. trump's allies have attacked both whistle-blowers, but a group of around 90 former national security and diplomatic officials are praising the work of the original whistle-blower. the officials who serve for both republicans and democrats wrote an open letter. they include a former defense secretary, cia director and
national intelligence director under former president barack obama. >> want to read you part of what the group wrote. it says, quote, whatever one's view on the matter discussed in the whistle-blower's complaint, all americans should be united in demanding that all branches of our government and all outlets of our media protect this whistle-blower and his or her identity. goes on to say, simply put, he or she has done what our law demands. and now he or she deserves our protection. >> for more, we're joined from england by natasha linstadt, professor of government at the university of essex. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> as we've been reporting, this second whistle-blower has come forward. this time with firsthand knowledge of the phone conversation between president trump and his ukraine counterpart, backing the claims of the first whistle-blower. how significant do you think all this is? and what could it potentially
mean for the impeachment inquiry into the u.s. president? >> well, when trump first heard about this whistle-blower report, his first attack was to say it was all secondhand knowledge. and then he tried to undermine the credibility of the whistle-blower by saying this was just a partisan hack and he wanted to meet his accuser, and he was generally fairly aggressive towards the whistle-blower. then he pivoted and started to talk about involving other countries, like china in investigating his political opponents and he seemed to double down and basically try to convey, there's nothing to see here. i haven't done anything wrong. but corruption is so bad, particularly the corrupt acts of -- or alleged corrupt acts of biden and his son, that he should involve other countries and investigate. that seems to be what the main republican talking point is of those willing to speak out or speak in favor of trump. that there isn't anything that's going to change now that we have
this second whistle-blower. but for democrats, of course, and for anyone in the house or in the senate that just wasn't sure about how they feel about this, now we could get more information from the second whistle-blower and they could also just at least corroborate what the first whistle-blower had said -- had set out. so, this doesn't look good for trump really in any shape or form, though i think we can already predict what his response is going to be. this doesn't matter. i've already put everything out there and this is much ado about nothing. >> and as mr. trump faces increased pressure over his attempt to get ukraine to investigate his political rival, joe biden, he is now defending his actions, calling them apolitical and trying to root out corruption. will anyone likely buy his new anti-corruption defense now popping up in his tweets, campaign commercials and, of
course, in recent chats with reporters? can he change the narrative on this? we've seen him do it before? >> anyone that's want part of his base isn't going to buy this because he doesn't have any history of investigating corruption of any individuals. and i think a reporter had asked him this. is there anyone else you want to investigate that's not your political opponent regarding these corrupt activities? he didn't have an answer for that. he doesn't have a history of going after corruption. in fact, that's what he's been accused of. that's what he's been surrounded by and his campaign chairs -- ex-campaign chair is in prison for corrupt activity. his former lawyer is in prison for corrupt activities. he's been more an individual accused of corruption than someone who's been on the attack. but we see the base isn't moving. that's one thing we looked at the polls throughout his presidency. the base hasn't moved much one
way or the other. they are convinced he's the best president to resolve all their problems and they're willing to look the other way and be diverted when he chooses to. >> of course, it's worth pointing out, only a few republicans have spoken out against the president's actions in the ukraine scandal. one of the president's biggest republican critics, mitt romney, was attacked by president trump in numerous angry tweets over the weekend, calling for romney's impeachment. that's not possible, of course. but are other republicans too scared to speak out for fear of this type of retribution, or do you think they do support mr. trump's ukraine call and his actions associated with it? >> i can't imagine that republicans actually support trump soliciting help from a foreign country to investigate a political opponent. that would be crazy. but what i think they are is very scared as to what happens
when they speak out. you see what happened with mitt romney. he got a personal attack. and how their constituencies might respond. for republicans that are in very red states that -- where you have the public that really, really supports trump, they may be very cautious to speak out at this point in time. then you have a lot of other republicans that are just sort of trying to wait and see. they're going to have to be really careful here because in 2020 there are four senatorial seats that could bring towards the democrats. that would be enough for democrats to get a majority in the senate. >> we appreciate your analysis and perspective. many thanks. >> thanks for having me. to tell you about a major policy shift, the white house now says that turkey will soon move forward with its long planned military operation in northern syria. >> if the u.s. will not be involved and will be pulling away from the area where they have been deployed and
supporting kurdish-led forces. the move came after a phone wall between president trump and president erdogan on sunday. it goes against efforts by senior u.s. officials to dissuade turkey from carrying out this operation. >> the white house did not specify in its statement if the move now constitutes a full withdrawal of u.s. troops from syria, but turkey will now be responsible for all of the captured isis fighters who are currently being held by kurdish forces in northern syria. we'll have more on this developing story in a live report in the next hour. the u.s. embassy says it will not reveal the identity of the diplomat's wife involved in a fatal car crash. a spokesperson from the embassy told cnn, out of privacy and security concerns, the embassy will not comment on the identity of the driver. >> 19-year-old harry dunn was hit and killed in that crash. police say the woman who has diplomatic immunity was driving on the wrong side of the road.
dunn's family is not giving up in this fight. >> our alice stewart spoke with the crash victim's mother. she's prepared to go all the way to washington to have her voice heard. >> reporter: charlotte charles' grief is raw. talking about her son in the past tense. a new, terrible reality. >> he was a really, really good lad. fun-loving, big heart, lots of love for not only his family but for lots of friends as well. from the age of 7 had his first motorbike. that was his main passion. he's very, very accomplished rider. knew exactly what he was doing. >> reporter: on the evening of august 27th, the lives of this family changed forever. 19-year-old harry dunn was riding his motorbike to visit his father when he collided with a car driving on the wrong side of the road near this exit of an
rfa air base run by the united states air force. >> the hospital had come to harry. they were doing their best to keep him alive. he spoke to a witness on the side of the road. he told the witness that the female driver was on his side of the road. the female driver admitted to a driver witness that she was on the wrong side of the road. she hit harry head-on. they got him as stable as they possibly could. and took him to the hospital where we lost him. >> reporter: the police identified a 42-year-old american woman as a suspect in their investigation. they say she engaged fully with their inquiry before, without notice, leaving the country. as a spouse of a u.s. diplomat, she's protected under diplomatic immunity. and unless the u.s. government chooses to waive this protection, she can't be ordered to return to the uk to face justice. >> it can't be right that
somebody, a diplomat or their family, can come over to the uk or any other country, kill somebo somebody, intentionally or not and just go away. >> reporter: if you could speak to the wife of the diplomat, the suspect in this case, if she were listening, what would you say to her? >> i do not understand as a mom could get on a plane, go away and completely avoid not only the family that she's broken. >> reporter: the u.s. state department have expressed their condolences but said any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and can considered carefully given the global impacts such decisions carry. immunity is rarely waived. harry's family are hoping an exception will be made in this
case. and are looking to the british government for support. this week they'll meet with the uk foreign secretary and they won't stop there. a funding page has been set up to fund the campaign. >> we will use that money to go to washington. we will do our best to talk to president trump. we will do everything we can possibly do. >> reporter: no amount of money can buy a waiver of diplomatic immunity or put an end to their grief. >> i just want to say that everyone in america that's come forward to support us so far through social media and other channels has been amazing. it's meant a lot to us. we don't feel like we're on our own. >> reporter: anna stewart, northampt northamptonshire, uk. >> heartbreaking situation. still to come, the nba gets caught up in the hong kong protest debate. and now china is lashing out against a team that's quite
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condemning the vie leolent prot. tensions ran high again after the government announced an emergency ban on face masks at public gatherings. in defiance, many protesters decided to hide their faces anyway, testing the resolve. 13 people were arrested partially for that reason. their situation is now getting attention from the nba. china's basketball association says it has severed ties with the houston rockets team after their general manager, daryl morey, tweeted support for the protesters on friday. the rockets are one of the most popular nba teams in china and china's yao ming spent years playing for the rockets. morey has since deleted the tweet and both he and the league have apologized. >> the reaction from china, let's go live to beijing with david culliver on the story. this comes down to the valued
free speech to the nba's relationship with china for its bottom line. >> reporter: and incorporates into that, george, hundreds of millions of basketball fans here in china. we're on one of the public courts that has gotten a lot of teams coming in today. this is the end of a national holiday, which in and of itself was important because it was a week-long celebration celebrating 70 years of communist rule in china. it was an important day, an important week. add to that what we saw come out this weekend with that tweet, it's enhancing the insult here from the party perspective. but if we go and look at that tweet, we'll look at the subsequent fallout, many things are falling into place right now. and causing a lot of outrage. for one, you have the tweet initially going out on friday, in which morey said, essentially, posted a picture that said, fight for freedom, stand with hong kong. of course, alluding to the democracy protests, which have been really a thorn in the side of china's government.
something they have been very embarrassed of. something they've tried to stay out of publicly, but really want those 18-plus weeks of protests to come to an end. then you have the subsequent deleting of that tweet by morey. and an apology go out. that in and of itself has brought more backlash from even u.s. lawmakers. so, it's created quite the storm. here in china, the reaction is seemingly mixed by some. i mean, you've got some folks on social media who are clearly very upset with what the rockets put out and seem to support what has come down from the government, for one. and i say that in kind of three parts, if you will. you've got state media saying that -- >> we lost david there. again, david pointing out that the reaction coming from all corners given this comment. we'll continue to follow this story for you, of course. another story related to china, a leaked drone video is
sparking new concerns that china is harshly targeting ethnic muslims. the footage appears to show hundreds of detainees in western china bound and blindfolded. cnn's math rivers spoke with two former detainees who describe the abuses they say they faced in similar camps. >> reporter: row by row, there are hundreds of them seated on the ground, heads shaved, blindfolded, their hands are bound behind their backs as dozens of guards hover in s.w.a.t. uniforms. it's unclear who these prisoners are but western intelligence sources tell cnn they believe the video is authentic, that is shows muslim ethnic minorities and the video was shot in xianjing china, where china has detained hundreds of thousands of muss imlimbs according to the yas. detainees are almost exclusively ethnic minorities, including uighurs, who have lived in the area for generations.
now housed in mass camps like this one on a trip we saw firsthand to a trip to xinjiang. a former camp employee told cnn that torture and political indoctrination are rampant inside the camps. they say beijing have a blatant attempt to destroy its cultures and wipe out muslim within its borders. beijing says the camps are, quote, vocational training centers. a western intelligence source tells cnn their analysis of the video posted online anonymously last month shows detainees transferred by train. analysis by the australian strategic policy institute suggests the video was shot in the city of korla in august of 2018. in response the xinjiang government said in a statement
to krb, cracking down on crimes this accordance with the law is common practice of all countries. our crackdown on crimes has never been linked to ethnicities or religions. two deyanes say the video terrifyingly familiar. amanzahan says he was detained in china in 2018, never told what for. held in his first camp for several weejz. he says he was transferred to another as exactly shown in the video. we were to remain just like that. they put cuffs on our hands and legs. police were there with guns. he was released after several months and now lives in kazakhstan. while detained, he says the fear of what might happen was the worst.
>> translator: watching the video, i'm still scared because i know what the prisoners are thinking. they don't know where they're being taken or if they'll be shot dead. it's terrifying. there are no publicly known instances of shooting deaths inside the camps. more than 3,000 miles away omerbek bikali, another kazakh knows how it is to be scared in custody. he lives in netherlands after being detained in camp in 2017. he claims he was tortured regularly and sdribdz the camps as hell. >> translator: i think the reason they want to torture us is, firstly, to make us physically weak so that you cannot resist. he says he was transferred between camps by car, he had a bag placed over his head and hands shackled. watching the drone video, he's overcome with emotion. >> translator: i feel so sad, he
says. that used to be am me. i kbt forget that. it's criminal. beijing did not respond to questions about the allegations from both men. cnn cannot verify the authenticity of this video or date it was shot. prisoners in china are regularly transported wearing blindfolds. it's unclear if the men are being held for criminal offenses or other reasons. this drone video does not exist in a vacuum. it's a singular piece of a swifting mounting body of evidence with firsthand accounts that shows china is persecuting people in xinjinang simply because they're muslims, including human rights abuses. matt river, cnn. >> disturbing video. still ahead on "newsroom," defending and deflecting. the u.s. president's allies try to put their best spin on the ukraine scandal as the impeachment inquiry into president trump continues to grow.
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good early morning in the usa and around the world to our viewers on cnn international. welcome back to "newsroom." i'm george howell. >> i'm rosemary church. it's time to check the main headlines. in a major policy shift, the white house says turkey will soon move forward with its long planned military operation into northern syria. the u.s. will not be involved
at least 13 protesters over the weekend in part for wearing masks to hide their faces, which is now against the law there. the 18th straight weekend of these anti-government protests, which turned once again violent. in the meantime, the nba is apologizing to china after the houston rockets' general manager tweeted and then deleted support to the hong kong protesters. another whistle-blower has come forward in the ukraine scandal facing u.s. president donald trump. the lawyer representing the first whistle-blower says his time also represents this second one. he says the client works in the intelligence community and has firsthand knowledge backing the first whistle-blower's claims. and the scandal now grows to -- beyond ukraine, i should say. on thursday mr. trump also publicly asked china to
investigate the bidens. >> the president's allies tried to defend him on the sunday talk shows and they're also hoping to change the subject. >> do you think it's appropriate for president trump to ask china and ukraine to investigate joe biden? >> george, you really think he was serious about thinking that china's going to investigate the biden family? >> he said it right there in public. >> i think he's getting -- i think senator rubio said a couple days ago. i think he's getting the press all spun up about this. the guy tough on china now thinks they're going to investigate the biden? he was making a statement about how wrong it was for hunter biden to get the deals he got. >> the president asked china to invest dp investigate. we're not to take the president at his word? >> i think senator rubio said it best. after 3 1/2 years with the campaign -- >> he said the exact same thing in public as he said in private to the ukrainian president.
>> i wish there would be the same outrage for this -- for what the president said about china, the same outrage there was when we saw what -- when the clinton campaign and the democratic national committee hired a foreigner who worked with russians to dig up dirt on the president -- >> can i conclude from that that you don't think it would be appropriate for the. the to ask china to investigate the bidens? >> i'm just asking what the statement is. you asked me about the statement. i don't think he -- i don't think anyone in america really -- except the press and democrats in congress, really believe the president of the united states thinks china's going to investigate. he's making a statement. >> he's asking for it. the president hasn't said he's joking. he said a direct statement. he wasn't smiling, wasn't laughing. why can't you answer yes or no, do you think it's appropriate? >> because i don't think that's what he did. i don't think that's what he did. >> but it was right there on camera. >> i have my third letter into the inspector general -- >> senator -- >> -- asking just to confirm,
are you investigating those leaks that peter -- >> i have no idea why -- >> no, that's a setup. it's entirely relevant to this point. >> why a fox news conspiracy, propaganda stuff is popping up on here. i have noo idea why we're going here. >> that is -- >> senator, i'm asking about -- >> this is underlying exactly why president trump is upset and why his supporters are upset with the news media. >> here's the deal -- >> it's not about the media. >> senator johnson, senator johnson, can we please answer the question i asked you instead of trying to make donald trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him. >> i'm not. i'm just trying to lay the groundwork -- >> ask a simple question of what mate you wince? i'm asking a simple question about you clearly were upset that somehow there was an implication that military aid was being frozen -- >> yes. >> -- because the president wanted an investigation. why did you wince?
>>. >> because you didn't want those connected. and i wanted -- i was supporting the aid, as is senator murphy, as is everybody that went to that initial inauguration. >> now, if the house does vote to impeach president trump, it will ultimately be up to the senate to decide if he will be removed from office. >> that's right. and some senate democrats who are also running for president are weighing in on that prospect. >> you have evidence to convict yourself? >> yes. >> so, you would vote right now to -- >> i think the evidence is clear. when donald trump released the transcript in which he solicited a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 elections, he broke the law. >> do you think it's irresponsible for senators, who will be essentially jurors, to say right now that they would vote to convict? is that irresponsible? >> i think people will say different things. i personally as a former prosecutor like to look at all the evidence because you might
convict on a number of counts and not on another one. >> i am a juror and i want to look at what the articles of impeachment are, i want to look at all the evidence. as an american, this is not just offensive, i think it's grounds for impeachment. i'm looking forward to the fullness of this coming out. the house has to go through a process. they will develop articles of impeachment, they will pass them, perhaps, on the floor before it even gets to the senate where there will be a trial. if you just want to ask me as somebody looking at what our president -- what the president of the united states is doing, it is contrary to the framers of our constitution. >> well, the word from the white house, it is dismissing reports of a second whistle-blower and what it could mean for the impeachment inquiry. >> while whistle-blowers pose an obvious threat to those in power, they also face serious personal consequences for their actions. randi kaye looks at prominent whistle-blowers in u.s. history. >> you tell me what you know and i'll confirm. i'll keep you in the right direction, if i can, but that's
all. just follow the money. >> reporter: he is, perhaps, the most famous whistle-blower in history known simply as deep throat. in the 1970s he helped take down president richard nixon by divulging critical information about the watergate break-in to washington post reporters bob woodward and carl bernstein. deep throat would set up secret meetings by drawing a clock with a specific time, usually late at night, on page 20 of woodward's copy of "the new york times." they would then meet at that time inside an underground parking garage. >> no, no, i am not deep throat. >> reporter: in fact, he was. the mystery ended in 2005 when mark felt, the number two in command at the fbi in the early '70s, revealed he was deep throat. also in the 1970s, military analyst daniel elsberg earned a
reputation as the most dangerous man in america for leaking a top secret government study about the vietnam war, known as the pentagon papers. >> the name has come out as the possible source of "the times" pentagon documents. it is daniel elsburg. >> it showed the government mismanaged the vietnam washing. he was charged under the espionage acts with theft and conspiracy but charges were later dropped due to government misconduct. >> i couldn't care less about the punk. i wanted to discredit that kind of activity. >> reporter: decades later in 2013, former u.s. army soldier chelsea manning was convicted after sharing nearly 750,000 military and diplomatic documents with wikileaks, related to the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> i stopped seeing just statistics and information and i started seeing people.
>> reporter: included in the leaked material, a video of iraqi civilians and journalists being killed by a u.s. helicopter in 2007. she was convicted and sentenced to 35 years for the leak, but president barack obama commuted her sentence in 2017. the same year manning was convicted, whistle-blower edward snowden began leaking classified government material to the media in a documentary filmmaker. >> the more you're ignored, the more you're told it's not a problem until eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public. >> reporter: snowden, a former cia employee and nsa contractor, shared documents from the national security agency about far-reaching surveillance programs. >> people's lives are at risk here because of data that mr. snowden -- >> reporter: among other things, snowden was charged with giving national defense information to someone without a security clearance and revealing classified information.
he's living in exile in russia. randi kaye, cnn, new york. well, police in the u.s. state of kansas are searching for a man who open fire in a bar killing four people. his companion was taken into custody on sunday. the suspects have been identified as 29-year-old ugor v vil new eva. >> two of the victims were mexican citizens. they believe the shooting was triggered by a dispute inside the bar. >> we do not believe it's random. we do believe this was an isolated incident, i guess you would call it. we don't feel that these suspects are going to go out and do this again. >> and at the time of the shooting, about 40 people were inside that bar. just days after testifying
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. welcome back. the u.s. supreme court convenes for a new term monday. justices will confront a number of politically explosive cases. >> it will be a challenge for the chief justice to keep the high court out of the spotlight when the rulings will emerge during an election year. here are the details for you. >> reporter: a mow men to us term is set to begin. the justices will tackle an array of hot-button issues. lgbt rights, gun rights, and the court agreed to hear an abortion case. all these opinions will come down in the heat of the next election. they'll be heard by president trump's two nominees, gorsuch and brett kavanaugh.
protesters are furious about kavanaugh being confirmed despite sexual misconduct allegations that came out during his nomination process. liberals are worried about the direction of the court because kavanaugh took the seat of anthony kennedy, who was largely seen as a swing vote for some of these issues. all eyes will be on chief justice john roberts. he's been trying to keep the court out of the political fray, but many of these cases will come down as the election gears up. cnn, washington. >> thank you. in the state of texas, a $100,000 reward is being offered for any information on joshua brown's murder. >> brown was a key witness in the murder trial of a former dallas police officer who was sentenced to jail last week for killing her neighbor. here's cnn paula sandoval with the details. >> reporter: dallas police have not said anything to suggest
joshua brown's murder could in any way, shape or form be directly tied to the high-profile murder trial of amber guyger. before his murder on friday, joshua brown made headlines as a key witness in the trial of dallas officer amber guyger. >> my apartment was right here. i could reach over. >> reporter: last week guyger was convicted of killing jean after walking into his apartment in 2018. she claims to have mistaken his apartment for hers and thought he was an intruder. on the witness stand, ten days before his own shooting death outside his home, brown testified he heard the shots and saw guyger outside his apartment. brown got emotional recounting, hearing his neighbor's voice from time to time. lee merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the jean family said on social media, brown lived in constant fear of gun violence and his death, quote, underscoring the reality of the black experience in america. merritt also said brown deserves
the same justice that he sought to ensure for the jean family. investigators have released few details on brown's death, only that witnesses heard gunshots and that that they observed a silver four-door sedan speeding away from the scene. police have not said if the murder is any way connected to the guyger proceedings. police continue to investigate this murder in dallas. they're hoping any witness who saw something will eventually reach out to them. polo sandoval, cnn, new york. we'll take a short break. still to come, britain's prince harry says he is terrified of history repeating itself. why he's accusing the british tabloids of making that fear a possibility. that's ahead. aque psoriasis. now, there's skyrizi. ♪ things are getting clearer, yeah i feel free ♪ ♪ to bare my skin ♪ yeah that's all me. ♪ nothing and me go hand in hand ♪ ♪ nothing on my skin ♪ that's my new plan. ♪ nothing is everything. keep your skin clearer with skyrizi.
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deliberately editing it to change its meaning. the paper has denied the charge, now adding a quote from meghan's father saying he was the one on only wanted parts of the letter released because other parts were so painful. elsewhere the duke's badly advised decision to sue the owners of mirror and the sub for phone hacking was taken up by the telegraph as part of the conversation of harry's war against the media. >> he's calling time, blowing the whistle and saying, if you intrude on our lives, we're coming for you. >> reporter: it's personal. and he's showing no signs of pulling back on this one. i lost my mother, he explained in last week's statement, now i watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. back in 2017, he told a documentary team that he blamed the paparazzi for his mother's death. those people that caused the accident instead of helping, they were taking photographs in the backseat and then those
photographs made their way back to news desks. he also lamented the media intrusion he suffered growing up in the shadows of his mother's super stardom. he sees parallels with that and the negative coverage meghan has received in recent months. and he saw that coming, too. before he met meghan, during a tour of the caribbean in 2012, he questioned whether he would ever find someone willing to take on a long-term relationship with him because of his public role. and whilst the world -- the emotional statement released shortly after by the duke shows his deepest fear of history repeating itself. washing against his wife being co-m commodityized. >> i think they're going to teach us. they're going to train us in the fact that they have a public life that they will pursue until
the end and they have a private life. >> reporter: that's what's driving this legal challenge against the oous tabloids and he's unlikely to back down until he's seen justice served for his wife. but also for his mother. max foster, cnn, london. >> max, thank you. now to end with an uplifting story to tell you about. a homeless singer who prepared italian operas on a subway platform is now singing on a very different stage. take a look. ♪ >> amazing. she was invited to serenade audiences at this little italy celebration in los angeles on saturday. she performed the same song she used to sing for metro riders. as you might recall, one of emily's subway performances was captured in this video. it was tweeted by the los
angeles police department turning her into an internet sensation. >> since then several go fund me campaigns have been set up to help her bet back on her feet. they've raised more than $100,000. what a gift she has there. and she played the violin as well, but someone stole the violin. >> i didn't know that. >> yeah, yeah. >> incredible. >> and someone was offering to buy her a violin to replace that. it's ended well. >> it has ended well. we thank you for being with us this hour as we end this show for "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. >> i'm rosemary church. we'll be back with another hour of news in a moment. you're watching cnn. maria ramirez?
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