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whistleblower edward snowden. transit at a moscow airport. as he took the time to dismiss the conspiracy theories of u.s. officials as. meanwhile the u.s. is trying to throw the world off. saying its spying project only targets terrorists on social networks and i phones but. to use them in the. economics. has more news in store for the british public he said to lay out his plans to slash another. half billion pounds from government budgets.
thanks so much for joining us here today. live in moscow it's now i just after eleven welcome to the program. but ruled out any chance of extraditing america's most wanted man who's holed up in transit at a moscow airport president putin has declared edward snowden's never crossed into russia territory rendering him immune to outside of the government's reach. has more. ever since edward snowden touched down in moscow on sunday it's been the biggest mystery for the last seventy two hours or so what his next move would be he was supposed to fly to have from moscow on monday he even checked in supposedly for that flight but never made it there ever since it's been speculated that he may have left the country on a different flight he may have left it elsewhere even some have been alleging that
he may have been detained by the russian authorities to later to be extradited to the united states both of these claims were in fact quashed by the russian president who compared mr snowden to the case of another very famous whistleblower . snowden's case is similar to that of julian assange both called themselves defenders of human rights and fight for the freedom of information you have to ask yourself do such people need to be hunted down and put in prison i personally would like to avoid cases like these is like sharing a pig knots of shrieking little fun while the russians were rather clear in their explanation as to why snowden would not be extradited to the united states the explanation coming from the chinese authorities as to why they didn't. deny the extradition to united states was deemed hilarious and amusing by many on line now believe it or not the hong kong authorities said they would not extradite snowden because in the paperwork that the united states provided to the chinese. the former
n.s.a. man they did not specify what the j. in the edward j. snowden stood for joan or james so that's why they denied the extradition so of course there's been lots of uproar about that coming from across the atlantic with some of the politicians in washington pointing the fingers at moscow and beijing for not cooperating with washington on the whistleblower on edward snowden some have even been alleging that snowden has been working together with the russian and the chinese special services this claim was yet again by both the russian foreign minister and the russian president. any accusations against russia and nothing but rubbish simply ravings special services never interacted with snowden and the not doing save today edward snowden is not only the most wanted man across the atlantic he's also the most wanted man by the media now this blind he was supposed to board on monday carried more than a hall full of moskos international press corps basically they want to
a three day holiday to the caribbean and now it's speculated what's his next move would be sound of saying that he may wait for the dust to settle down and then move elsewhere some are saying that he may wait for his asylum plea to be satisfied by either ecuador or even as well or in any case we hear. waiting for the next move of the world's most high profile whistleblower. russia may face consequences for its an action there's a warning from senior u.s. officials foremost among them the secretary of state john kerry and more than that though it's not just that it may face washington there's more issues too it. can report on this. u.s. secretary of state john kerry hinted at possible consequences that russia may face for its response on snowden saying at times russians have criminals in the us there were looking for and he said the u.s. has cooperated on handing over seven of them and it passed two years although if it
were a russian whistleblower who stood up for civil liberties in russia it's kind of hard to imagine the u.s. handing them over very quickly especially the us were not legally obliged to do so and in the case of snowden we heard the russian president say russia had no legal authority to stop him from traveling formally he hasn't crossed the russian border is a transit passenger didn't need a russian and he hasn't committed any crimes in russia moscow says russia doesn't want to have anything to do with mr stone but it's amazing how this story which had absolutely nothing to do with russia is all about russia now much of the media here has turned the whole snowden story into a story about putin they invite lawmakers and experts who focus on russia putin here's for example senator mccain weighing in on the story. we got to start dealing with that amir putin in a realistic fashion for what he is he's an old k.g.b. colonel apparatchik that dreams of the days of the russian empire and he continues to stick your stamina for
a broad variety of ways this kind of narrative in the media that's focused on russia certainly helps build up negative public opinion on snowden and eventually discredit his revelations the focus is not just on russia but also on china and here u.s. officials blast hong kong for letting slogan fly out one of these revelations the fact that the u.s. spied on chinese research centers and university here's the explanation that we heard from secretary kerry our surveillance activities on them it's our surveillance activities anonymously on thousands of chinese and the chinese university mostly in order to be able to track terrorism if there is an act of terrorism or some linkage. that is appropriate some indicate on whatever it is could be anywhere in the world whatever it is then you have to go to court and you have to have court approval in order to do anything that is actually name specific person specific so secretary kerry said the u.s.
was spying on chinese research centers and universities to find terrorists a lot of people would find that response quite confusing china would probably not buy it so you see u.s. officials being quite of a sieve on what they're actually doing preferring to focus on the messenger instead on edward snowden and here's my colleague an associate you're going to on how the media here goes along with that narrative some journalists believe the shocking us government spying scandal is the biggest story of our lifetime i sit in my desk certainly have the authorities to to wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if i had a personal e-mail but big brother shamelessly watching millions of people in secret seems to be turning into little more than a cat and mouse chase by the american mainstream media snowden snoad snowden of my mind the only thing that's very really important. is it's really how the government
is cracking down on. your mobile device but that's far from most of the media's focus instead snowden is the source not the substance of the n.s.a. scandal is all the rage betraying your country's kind of a fashion statement what to me the national security cam car dash and all technique all change the subject when you don't like what the subject is about you change you personalize it or you try to see what the problems are with the people who are delivering the message and ovoid actually explaining the message itself in this case a massive spy scandal has been turned into a possible case of treason as an alice in wonderland first comes the verdict then the trial with pundits. eager to shoot the messenger we need to get very very serious about treason and old by the way for treason as in the case of bradley manning or edward snowden you bring back the death penalty from questioning whether the reporter who broke the scandal with snowden as his source should be punished
along with the whistleblower why shouldn't you mr meanwhile be charged with a crime to news reports focused on snowden's girlfriend what's curious she also packed everything up and left for the mainland to pointing fingers at any other government but their own whether china or russia has been able to sort of suck out that knowledge from those computers while he's been in the countries of voiding the issue at hand seems to be a priority it doesn't surprise me that this would be this focus on. snowden private. correspondence with private affairs or his whereabouts and travel instead on the credibly important revelations that he has given us the answer to the question why is simple because they failed to do their job to actually expose all of this so now they're blaming somebody who has exposed it and it makes them look bad ditto for the government the media coverage of the n.s.a. scandal oh litmus test for journalism that most are failing instead of cleaning up
their act and dwindling ratings networks are busy looking for bad guys elsewhere instead of looking the real villain in the face when you consider that as recently as one nine hundred seventy richard nixon was forced to resign in large part because he thought well. this is a huge in our perception while the media war breaks out over supporting or hating edward snowden as little airtime as possible is actually dedicated to the spying on unsuspecting citizens itself the biggest privacy leak in recent u.s. history has shown the media to have little ability to deal with complex issues instead indulging themselves in a manhunt you. again but then again this shouldn't be too shocking when the finger pointing every now and then is paused it's stories like this that fill air time. or in the sound of your holiday you know i mean hey wait mom i'm going to
new york and eric draitser a new york based geo political analyst he believes the government and media are both in cahoots waging a concentrated smear campaign against that of mr snyder in the united states we see a concerted propaganda campaign designed to demonize and to destroy the image if not the total character of snowden and we see this happening from the right wing and also from the left wing those who are attacking glenn greenwald for his revelations and snowden themselves this is now becoming a real story in the united states the way in which the controlled media is attacking snowden and serving the interests of the surveillance state and the partisanship behind president obama the united states certainly will not give up we've seen cases of extraordinary rendition from all over the globe carried out by the united states and it wasn't just in the context of so-called terrorists if i
were snowden i would be working under the assumption that there really is no place anywhere on earth that will be one hundred percent safe but i think that the strategy that he has taken incorporating china incorporating russia using the infrastructure built up by wiki leaks is absolutely critical to ensuring his safety and washington maintains the large scale surveillance project exposed by snowden saying that only targets terrorism and apparently tons albert skiving googling and chasing the likes on facebook on something potential terrorists usually do these ridiculous co told me earlier here on r t what part of cyberspace they tend to occupy instead. and there is suppose a quest for preventing terror attacks and increasing security prism only gathers data from the internet big players such as google sky facebook and so on but most of those who look forward to harvest or terrorist related information can find it only on the appropriate forums which are hidden deep within the so called under web
none of these resources in that realm are actually indexed by the major search engines in fact google how does one point admitted that it indexes a tiny fraction of just one percent of all data that's available on the web if you imagine it as an iceberg that you can understand that prism only covers the very top the very tip of the iceberg the rest of the information is actually not covered by prism according to dutch intelligence service but then she'll terrorist go to these core forums which are highly encrypted and hidden deep within the web so one really needs to know what they're looking for and where to find it a case in point could be this or not have brothers they have turned to one of the war no radical sources sometimes referred to as the vanity fair of al qaida though the websites existence is no secret for some reason u.s. security services failed to track down the brothers activity even after a tip off from russia and thereby they failed to prevent the boston bombings so although the cia and the n.s.a. say their surveillance programs are directed at protecting people it seems like
they're too busy reading innocent people's e-mails to actually track down those who do pose a danger and human rights activist peter tatchell he believes the u.s. is trying to twist the snowden case and what it classes as is shameful revelations to simply discuss the fact that it's been caught red handed. well of course the united states government will try and spin it whatever way it can to discredit edward snowden and to put its own policies in the best possible light but the fact is instead of going for the messenger public focus and government focus should be on the message he's given which is that millions of people worldwide who are entirely innocent have been subjected to mass surveillance by the u.s. administration without the approval of congress congress never voted to put this system in place nor have the governments of any other country this is a rogue spying by
a rogue state i mean if it was edward snowden had been an iranian whistleblower who exposed global snooping by the terror around regime he would have been hailed by the united states as a horrific whistleblower he would have been lauded and pray. today's edition of cross talk also focuses on snowden's actions and what could await him in the future and you can stay with us for that intense debate in about fifteen minutes time for now though a very quick preview. it's pretty clear that he goes out on the lam so to speak and particularly the places he's going or purported to going china russia cuba these are not places that are known for internet freedom so to speak either so i don't mean here that goes i always hear that i mean internet freedom is not really interrupted here in russia but it's said all the time over and over again so and there's no evidence that he's going to do so you know let me say let me say that he's there is no evidence that he's met with russian officials he's on even entered
the country so we'll see what that means all right if you want to reply that you know just a little matter if just to correct on ecuador you know ecuador has vastly i think they've had one of the fastest rates of growth of internet anywhere in the hemisphere in the last since korea has been in office and there's absolutely no monitor there's no censorship of internet and no evidence that the government is doing any kind of monitoring so you can definitely leave ecuador out of any list of countries that you think is not a pioneer of internet freedom. news
far from crosstalk here in r t but for now the u.k. chancellor george osborne is set to announce even more sweeping national cuts in its upcoming spending review he's already said that almost a twelve billion pounds need to be show from government budgets and he's going to tell the british people just who is going to suffer the most. the story once a place of sanctuary now a patent symbol of austerity person a small garden was where stephanie boucher will often sought refuge from her financial ways it was here she'd raised a family but when her son moved out she was caught by the new government scheme
that's the bedroom tax days in social housing with spare rooms let's face it cuts to the housing benefits all moved to somewhere smaller less than a month ago and the fifty three year old grandmother of one killed herself by stepping in front of a meeting lorry she left this suicide note behind for her devastated family about garden was her world she loved god. and the thought of maybe. all that she'd know. the government insists that the cuts are necessary and that the current changes to the benefit system will eventually improve the lives of some of the poorest families but as part of the wealth of a whole taking place right now angela murray had essentially slashed from twenty hours a day to just three earlier this week she delivered a petition signed by forty five thousand people calling on the chancellor to invest
in say. if you think you know you haven't committed any crime you are in a situation. and you've suddenly been restricted to something like prison. for how. could you face another fifty years of. well many people. having to pay. from a budget which already is just stretched beyond belief to have cut back. but this problem was caused by the banks this problem was caused by proper regulation of the. small tight knit communities like this one. might be a long way from westminster because many of the people who live in communities like that have been among some of the hardest hit by the government. i'm sure i wouldn't
. i'm sure that. there are. some of. them. because what we. tend to watch somebody of your community. experts say situations like stephanie's are avoidable and point to iceland as an example. the country saw a collapse of its banking system a few years back that protected spending cheesing stimulus save. their banking crisis so right through and into a three percent ways in two thousand and twelve compared to just not point two
percent in the k. but with the government seemingly committed there will sterrett. the worry is that these cuts will for many more people across the like stephanie but shows friends and family have effects this is irreversible surf. burning in and world time here on the program we'll start with the e.u.'s decision. turkey's membership of the blog for at least four months bowing to pressure from germany. and other capitals of criticized for cracking down on anti-government protests at least twenty people were arrested in the city on tuesday for their alleged role in attacks on police during unrest. us president barack obama and his afghan counterpart hamad karzai they've agreed to open talks with the taliban this just a day after a brazen assault on the presidential palace in kabul by that group and the two leaders also supported the recent opening of
a taliban office in qatar future negotiations can take place for extremists and three security guards died in tuesday's attack after militants used fake id cards to get into the high security zone in the center of. a chinese a space capsule carrying three astronauts has now returned to earth landing safely in mongolia it's fifteen day mission the space ship successfully docked with a platform in space are an important step towards china having a fully operational station by the year of twenty twenty it was china's fifth manned space mission in ten years. young. well before we get across talk of for now the dominance over america's big three credit ratings agencies could now be under a threat a new hong kong based international agency has entered the arena off the s. and p. moody's and fitch were all accused of being financial and political in foresman of america sees kitty pilgrim has more on this. the big three have had their own way
for over one hundred years but were ridiculed for not just failing to see the financial crash coming but making the situation worse by dishing out optimistic ratings for toxic mortgage backed investments and giving investors the confidence to pile it until now accusations they knew exactly what they were doing which is that accusations but now it appears there might be some proof that the agencies were deliberately fooling investors rolling stone magazine has published details from a san diego base law appeared to show the mood is an s. and p. have been exchanging high ratings for cash according to the article e-mails have been found from s. and p. alice with with comments like this has to be the stupidest place i've watched it out as you know i had difficulties explaining how we got those numbers since there is no science behind it these allegations are quite frightening considering the
rating agencies put their rubber stamp on multi billion dollar deals are still seen by many in the financial world as the backbone of the credit body i'll turn it into these agencies is not before time so kid universal credit rating group says it intends to reform the current regime the company based in hong kong will be made up of china's dugong u.s. agency jones and russia's reason writing on the head of research says it's all about balance rating agencies that is based in hong kong it is so that we can provide to the investment world. views that can be used to balance the investment views from the united states so the dominating days of the big three could be over and it may now be there to get downgraded. or so a loose lips sink ships becomes
a possible fate of whistleblower edward snowden top the debate program in a moment. but almost told him a language of war but i will only react to situations i have read the reports i'm not in the pollution to know i'll leave that to the state department to comment on your latter part of the month to say to mr kerry on a car is on a dog you know gonna. take care of no more weasel words.
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