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foreign leaders under surveillance the latest leaks from the n.s.a. whistleblower reveal how delegates of the g twenty summit in london four years ago a former russian president among them were targeted by u.s. and british intelligence. a bombshell disclosure. to the g. eight summit convening in britain against a backdrop of austerity protests. syria set to take center stage for world leaders at the g eight in northern ireland looking to narrow their differences amid fears that the conflict is set to escalate even further.
on live from our studios. thomas glad to have you with us. british and american intelligence spied on world leaders and officials new evidence from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden puts the recent surveillance scandal on a new scale delegates of the g twenty summit in london in two thousand and nine among them russia's then president dmitri medvedev apparently had their computers monitored and phone calls intercepted the lead to documents emerged as the u.k. hosts another major international gathering the g eight summit a summit in northern ireland. is there. this really is the worst possible timing for a story like this to come out where just kicking off the thirty ninth g eight summit here in la today now we know what we know from the documents that edward snowden has revealed is that the british security agency was spying on
foreign dignitaries at the last g twenty summit that the u.k. also hosted back in two thousand and nine so not setting a great precedent as host of a summit we had even reports that they set up fake internet cafes in order to intercept the e-mails of the whole delegations of foreign dignitaries and even tapping into the phone calls of the then president of russia dmitry medvedev so not a great atmosphere for the start of the g eight summit i think that some of the world leaders at the summit here today might be a little bit more careful about what they say over the phone all right in the e-mails in the light of this information now we know that david cameron in response to the news has already said that the u.k. just doesn't comment on security issues or masses of intelligence the g c h q story has a somewhat overshadowed what had become the main headline of this summit which is
the escalating crisis in syria now we know that russia and the u.s. approach the crisis extremely differently and we know that there have been tensions very sever the last week over the u.s.a.'s pledge to provide military aid to the syrian opposition now the british prime minister david cameron speaking yesterday after talks with a lot of if we can in downing street well he also called for bashar al assad to step down he said that britain will continue to provide support to the syrian opposition we know that russian president vladimir putin well he his view is somewhat different he questions what will happen one of these weapons are provided to the syrian opposition nepali it looks like the g. eight leaders just can't get to terms with each other on this but how is the general public's reaction to this been of the gathering. well there has been an unprecedented amount of security at the summit had just driving through from
belfast to go on last night just going through all the checkpoints there's police standing everywhere and they're guarding obviously the security of all these foreign dignitaries the world leaders that are here but they're also trying to guard against any potential protest as a massive fifty million pound ring of steel erected around the resort itself where the summit is taking place and of the protests well there are forty been a number of them we've had a misty international marching through belfast in. calling for the closure of guantanamo bay talking about the hunger strike that's been taking place there the breach of international law or the inmates being held without charge for years on end and it's not just sort of human rights causes we there's been a lot of globalists there have been trade unions taking to the streets talking about economic issues the g. eight summit was it did come about initially as an as an economic summit and people
talking about world hunger and poverty and questioning why world leaders on to addressing these issues why. for them to really that this represents this summit represents the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a very small minority parties probably boyko reporting for us there now washington earlier justified its spying techniques with security considerations saying that monitoring internet data and phone tapping was essential in tackling terrorism but such explanations hardly fit the recent revelations richard norton taylor who writes on defense and security for the guardian the u.k. newspaper that published the leaked documents says london and washington aimed to get a competitive edge over their foreign partners and allies. there are two kinds of information there the british and america that we need setting a call in the latest leaks which the first is under the guise of anti terrorism if
you like and getting information about individual communications that's one thing. a separate power thing all the same machine the same computers the same agencies with the n.s.a. in america and the g.c.'s great britain and doing a intercepting and targeting a different kind of information which we know about which we revealed today i diplomatic and economic intelligence which ready have very little to do with terrorism but it's quite clear from these leaked documents that a lot of the information is to try and get information on one's competitors and international before international meetings for example turkey a nato ally and as i was by the russia would be a south africa is also trying to come with a couple of countries for example for reasons of. finding out what their negotiating positions are on economic or diplomatic international talks and that of course has nothing to do with terrorism or the revelations of the g.
twenty spying come as the scandal caused by snowden's earlier disclosures on the extent of u.s. surveillance after its own and foreign citizens is gaining momentum dozens of lawsuits are being filed against the government's practices while many lawmakers continue to defend the operation it has also emerged that the scope of the surveillance and the help it received from corporations may have been underestimated here's our washington correspondent damage again with more. what edward snowden revealed could be just the tip of the iceberg we're learning that in addition to internet giants thousands of u.s. technology finance and manufacturing companies that include software and hardware producers banks internet security providers satellite telecommunications companies thousands are working closely with u.s. national security agencies according to the people familiar with the exchange the cooperation of some of the company says helped the u.s. government infiltrate computers worldwide so this certainly adds to edward
snowden's account snowden said he believes that the n.s.a. has carried out more than one thousand hacking operations globally snowden said he was leasing the information to demonstrate quote the posse of the u.s. government when he claims that he does not target civilian infrastructure unlike its adversaries he also said quote we hack network backbones like huge internet routers basically that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands. of people computers without having to hack every single one in the sources who speak on the condition of anonymity say u.s. companies help intelligence agencies do exactly that and they say it's not subject to any oversight now it's all done of course on the national security but there's some very obvious discrepancies here robert muller director of the f.b.i. for example he said the massive surveillance program that the u.s. has now could have prevented nine eleven then what about the fort hood shooting in
two thousand and nine the perpetrator of that one needle molly costs on had been exchanging e-mails with anwar locky for a period of time or time or launch are now if multiple warnings over several years radical content on his you tube web page. one may ask the question then why this massive collection of information when all of that was missed. it's not just of the u.s. government that's under fire for the extent of the surveillance many wonder why so many companies supplied the n.s.a. with data artie's lucy caffein off looks at what might be in it for the firms themselves. the story certainly raises more questions than it answers as my colleague reported earlier we know now that thousands of companies have been sharing sensitive information with the u.s. government in exchange for various benefits now this raises concerns about the extent of the private sector collaboration with the u.s. government not to mention questions about what exactly those benefits were now the
details may be murky at this point but let's go over exactly what information we have now companies who did hand over data to the government got a big thank you that's according to michael hayden who used to head the cia as well as the national security agency which runs of course the prism program and mr hayden told bloomberg this if i were the director and had a relationship with a company who was doing things that were not just directed by law but were also valuable to the defense of the republic i would go out of my way to thank them and give them a sense as to why this is necessary and useful all right well what kind of thank you exactly are we talking about here well again not a lot of details but anonymous sources did tell bloomberg that leaders of the companies who handed over data to the government were showered with attention and information by government agencies in fact in some instances that meant quick warnings about the threats that could affect their bottom line for example serious internet attacks and who's behind them of course this exchange of information is
supposed to be voluntary and well at this point we don't exactly have evidence that this is not the case but well most of the companies seem to have participated simply because the government asking for help one former c.e.o. paints a slightly different picture in two thousand and one when some telecom giants allegedly were asked to participate in an n.s.a. information sharing program one company qwest initially refused to play ball in according to court documents filed by its then c.e.o. joseph not cio as a result of that decision the company was denied lucrative n.s.a. contracts he believed to be worth fifty to one hundred million dollars retaliation he says for refusing to partake in the government's spy program. such a summit up companies that share data are into government goodwill information about threats possible classified information and of course there's concern that those who did not play along could could have been left out of lucrative government
contracts course we don't have more information on this but that's person i see the point the lack of transparency about this data swap is a major concern now it's done in the name of security but at what cost and to whom this account for not reporting for our team in moscow. syria's civil war is expected to become the hottest topic as g eight leaders convene in northern ireland meanwhile the come on flip is expanding assad troops have made significant advances in recent weeks while the leader of the opposition's it free syrian army says it is in urgent need of weapons iran is reportedly gearing up to send thousands of troops to beef up syrian government forces but it's a lebanon's hezbollah which has openly engaged on assad's side the rebels are reportedly being backed by mercenaries from the gulf states and al-qaeda linked jihadists such as the all nusra front as the opposition enjoys widespread diplomatic support in the west and the prospect of lethal aid jim brann of the stop
the war coalition told us that any third party involvement will only fuel the conflict. there is the fundamental question of sovereignty which those who wish to arm the rebels violate the fact is that there is a government of syria and there is international law in these matters and it's not the right of any other state to intervene in. a rebellion in another country the opposition coalition in syria is extremely weak it's extremely fractured and it was actually set up outside of syria itself so if they can't even find a suitable party to support in syria because the thing is unreliable how on earth can they guarantee who gets the weapons that they supply i think the only serious possibility is if those who are pressing for intervention. to a very definite extent give up the precondition. aside shall not be president of
syria i think without such a fundamental principle i think that. the it's extremely unlikely that the talks go ahead. and the g eight summit kicks off in northern ireland a look at the agenda just ahead. with syria center stage money matters are also expected to fall under the spotlight as the west beefs up its crusade against tax avoidance coming your way in just a couple minutes right here on r.t. .
spotlight at the g. eight there's also the issue of tax evasion the british prime minister david cameron is keen to push forward earlier artie's business presenter katie pilbeam filled me in on the details. well the international consortium of investigative journalists has come out with all these days hours and exposed people that are using tax havens from thirty countries literally hundreds of thousands of people have been exposed right now and this is all for a timely considering these are the people that exposed politicians rogue nations that religious leaders oligarchs and we know that david cameron is using the g eight to really put tax evasion at the forefront and get international support for his laws that he wants to enforce he needs everybody to jump on the same ship so that everybody else that wants to avoid tax can go to another country and get away with it so taxes are all important because these are tough economic times in the u.k. yeah exactly we know that britain is dealing with stagnate growth at the moment it
has been since the financial crisis but there's a bit of criticism going on because britain actually created the tax haven and is actually in charge of ten crown dependencies on talk about guernsey jonesy all those countries are live man i live wives and there's a lot to talk about and he's got to get those countries on board he's held the fact that he has already done that but nothing has been put. in all of this is easier said than done as in all things with politics right this is actually a tough task it is a tough task just because it's so secretive about secrecy is coming to light at the moment because of exposé is like this is making mr cameron's job that much easier and i got i expect analysis on this so i said to ben areas who's the editor in chief of business new york magazine i said to him how realistic is it that we could have a tax tax haven free world. because it means you'd have to police the entire world think about the system is necessary it's national. any
country one tiny little country who chooses not to abide by this. as. i say convenience service. as for people trying to hide money. means that the whole thing becomes a mockery there's no way of controlling it so you can work towards it you could it will take time and probably it's a good idea but you've got several countries like peter cyprus example but luxembourg still switzerland who really services as a business it becomes a big part of their economy and it's very difficult for a small country to do it because they have money so i think that one thing that can be avoided at the g eight summit is the topic of tax evasion. all right let's take a swing around the world look at some news making headlines at this hour iran's newly elected president hassan rouhani has held his first news conference saying his government is set to fix the economy and rebuild relations with the rest
western nations he added though that the country isn't ready to suspend its enrichment of uranium despite the ongoing sanctions and pressure from the e.u. and america rouhani one iran's friday's presidential election with just over fifty percent of the vote the. police in turkey have taken down barricades in taksim square where union federations have gone on a one day strike rally follows a nineteenth night of fierce clashes between security forces and anti-government demonstrators on sunday prime minister at a one also rally to tens of thousands of supporters in central istanbul in a show of strength even as the central square was being cleared. torrential rain and floods have ripped through northern parts of india killing at least twenty three people over fifty more are reported missing rescue teams are trying to supply drinking water and food to the region cut off after roads were
washed away officials are warning of more casualties and destruction saying that the downpours are to continue for the next three days. america has voiced skepticism over north korea's proposal to launch high level talks between the two states to soothe tension on the korean peninsula the obama administration says any negotiations should come with concrete action from north korea a specialist doctor to mcbeal thinks that america is reluctant because it won't benefit from peace in the region. preconditions are there so that negotiations won't get off the ground where if you don't want to have negotiations . simples way to do that they don't go shares so this way is. the man preconditions of the i will fight. so that i think that's what the american doing then the question of course is why they don't do that why don't they.
and you know that that's the difficult one and i think basically a number of reasons but the main reason is is china wants tension on the korean peninsula as are the containment of china so they're very loath to in. the book do you choose the situation. bug bear of the west. is about to hand over the presidency you can head to our. from standing up to get nuclear energy for the country to being alternately mired in the throes of an economic crisis. trigger happy in the united states. reporting record sales during a year of deadly shootings as americans react to the president's push for stricter
controls. more news today. these are the images. of. the day. germany has become a magnet for many immigrants in recent years seeking work outside of their financially struggling homelands a report by the paris based organization for economic co-operation and development shows the number of newcomers from greece and spain alone has more than doubled since the beginning of the crisis in two thousand and eight. explains some successful germans are now looking for a quick exit. packing up for a new life elsewhere yes and his family are joining
a growing number of germans seeking a future away from home. germany is a nice place but right now the future looks pretty dark so we're getting out and that's why his software business and plan tire company off the sale and he setting up a new business in canada away from what they see is shortsighted policies by german and european politicians. all they're doing is taking the debt higher and higher and by breaking their own rules it's something the family has been planning for a long time after one and a half years their paperwork is now in the final stages as well as his family yes is also moving almost two million euros worth of business to canada people of always move to new countries in search of opportunities but last year saw over one hundred thirty thousand jet off from germany the most in a generation an increasing number of making the move to to concerns over where the country's economic. among the most popular destinations were switzerland the united
states australia and canada away from the e.u. and the bureaucracy of brussels. does the feeling. we are going to see intrapreneur as leave europe it's one hundred times easier to shut down a business here than create one of its do easy to block you. are on the side of the job creators. dr roth is a lawyer in bavaria heading to new zealand he sees the current system in europe as almost comical the team get bored look at the ten commandments there are probably around five hundred no words here then i think the relations on something small like production can i mean that you know it's over ten thousand words most of the nonsense this will leave you are a bit like your non-republican and so many laws no one can follow them. with dissatisfaction in the e.u. all. the raw east germany runs the risk of seeing more and more of its job creators
taking off to find new opportunities elsewhere peter all of a party to. the week's big sports stories are here next with richard after a short break here with our team. with . technology innovation all the least of elements from around russia. the future of coverage. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so. you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else and you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything is ok. i'm tom hartman welcome to the big picture.
hello and welcome to the sports show good to have you with us and over the next half an hour we'll bring you all the latest news from russia and further afield so stay tuned. up for a challenge russia's world olympic champions flex their muscles of a moscow challenge event the capital hosts the first ever athletics world championships in august. while the top dogs new tricks former tennis great smile like a selfish martina hingis roll back the years later exhibition tournament in moscow . last points in talk where you catch up with the american mixed
martial arts is jon jones has been on this ever u.f.c. champion holds a master class in moscow and. let's start with athletics where sprinter king was saying bolt was back to his best so in the two hundred meters at the diamond league meeting in norway just a week after missing out on one hundred meters victory in rome of the six time olympic champion made a number of entertaining entrance is what stadium in also and the jamaican shrugged off the relatively cold temperatures and the false start by dutchman tragedy martina to blow away the remaining field of the nation in time of nineteen point seven nine seconds to break the track record of a twenty six year old as the only man so far this season and on the twenty seconds sending out a warning to his rivals as he prepares to fan is two hundred metres cry on the world championships in moscow in august. the inevitable is known as the world. test and you're sure no good for misuse just to ensure good for missy's. your
blokes or nordisk and see imagery in them so for me i never try the single old one person series my strongest because in charge can feel people get injured all the time and if i focus on one person who gets injured then what. back in moscow and warden olympic gold medal winners spoke in glowing terms of the upgraded luzhniki arena after venue for this year's war championships hosted by moscow challenge end constant atop of as reports. their clerics world challenge serious was introduced in twenty ten it's a second two you can petition after the diamond league this year when they were held in fifteen cities worldwide and the moscow challenge is a pivotal step as the russian capital gets ready for their maiden the world championships in august the stereo hosting interest big event after being specially ran away to. general and for all our money.