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edward snowden remained in moscow from sitting tight in an airport transit. and rejected all u.s. threats and the whistleblower to be extradited. meanwhile washington is accused of trying to shoot the messenger by presenting snowden as a dangerous one ignoring the fallout from the revelation of its surveillance program. making. those at the bottom of british. ready bearing the burden of us territory as the chancellor announces billions more in budget cuts top stories.
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international news and comment. in moscow this is all to be with you twenty four hours a day. over america's most wanted man n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden remains holed up in transit at the moscow airport for a fourth day and president putin said that means snowden has never actually crossed into russia and so is beyond the government's reach well let's get the latest now from. is at. ports in moscow so the stakeout for snowden continues. bill it doesn't tend to. touch down in moscow on sunday there's been. when is he in that transit that he supposedly is in. now of course we know that snowden was supposed to be
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a bond of flight it to cuba on a monday which he did not get onto and the fact that he didn't get onto the flight to marry many theories as sort of being thrown around could you have taken another route could he have taken another flight elsewhere is a still in the transit and why is he in the transit search now of course our russian president to question any other these are thoughtless they do that in fact he is still in that transit zone are also saying that they're comparing the case of edward snowden to that one of a world of fame as a whistleblower julian assange let's take a listen. to this but you know so much 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 just like sharing a pig knots or shrieking but little fun. because russian
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authorities have been a very clear as to why snowden could not be extradited to the u.s. because he is not on russian soil he's in a trance exert with in the airport now let's take a look as to why there's been a steady buncha back and forth in terms of hoss rhetoric coming from of the u.s. to towards a russian particular to china as well as we know the chinese authorities explanation as to why they were not going to release newton to the u.s. government was because of that it said that the paperwork was not in the right condition and by the way as was saying that in the paperwork of the j. that it was as a place to be in edward snowden's a name did not was not clarified by the u.s. government was it a joy it was a j a lot of people a particularly u.s. politicians have been up the road over that decision and why that decision was made and of course they went as far as to say as well that russia and china are not cooperated with the u.s. and that. in fact the two governments have been working with snowden to actually
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get that information those allegations have been crushed by both the foreign minister sergey lavrov as well as of the president himself. any accusations against russia and nothing but rubbish simply ravings a special services never interacted with snowden and are not steering saved today. so it's all what we know is that ecuador has who did receive that application from the edward snowden a for the asylum or they have a release a statement saying that that application is not going to be fast forward forward it is going to take at least up to two months just like that julian assange of which he applied for last in june when he walks into that i could or an embassy in london so that decision will not be made as quickly as everybody is until the painting it to be made in fact it might take a little bit longer so the hold up for snowden seems to it might begin might be
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getting a little bit longer than he might have expected when assuming that he's still a local holed up somewhere in that transit zone because he's waiting for those paperwork to at least give him a chance to travel safely we know he's been given given refugee status of papers we don't know if he's still awaiting those papers so that he can travel to his next destination so at the moment of the media is still staking out and we know that he took us on a goose chase a lot of the world media went on to that flight on cuba bonzo have been aware she was not in giving them a little bit of a three day holiday that perhaps many of them did not even plan for so the waves continues and we are right here to bring you the latest when we get it bill thanks very much indeed for that live update outside. for. well russia and china remain caught between the us and the whistleblower on the run washington is angry that neither is helping catching but as art is going to judge carney explains some believe america is just using the scapegoats to distract attention from the real
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issue it's global surveillance program. 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 u.s. they're looking for and he said the u.s. has cooperated on handing over seven of them in the past 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 us handing them over very quickly especially if 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 snowden but it's amazing how this story which had absolutely nothing to do with russia is all about russia not 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 and putin
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here's for example senator mccain weighing in on the story we've 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 small one fly but what about one of these revelations the fact that the u.s. spied on chinese research centers and universities 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 anonymously in order to be able to track terrorism if there is an
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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 the u.s. officials being quite a vase if on what they're actually doing preferring to focus on the messenger instead on edward snowden and here's my colleague an associate europe in a 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 had the authorities to to wiretap anyone from you or your
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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 snowed snowed snow in my mind the only thing that's very really know 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 there's an old technique called change the subject when you don't like the subject this is about how 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 from questioning whether the
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reporter who broke the scandal with. lord knows 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 the snowden private issue so boisterous 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 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.
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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 the one nine hundred seventy s. richard nixon was forced to resign in large part because he thought well. this is a huge not 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 yet 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
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the sound of your holiday your holiday way. i'm sure going to new york. the u.s. says its large scale spying program is there to target only terrorists but experts suggest those planning terror don't exactly spend their time googling skype being more dating the facebook page. explains exactly what part of cyberspace they do or could put in their suppose a quest for preventing terror attacks and increasing security prism only gathers data from the internet big players such as google 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 underwear none of these resources in that realm are actually indexed by the major search engines and in fact google how that 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
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top the very tip of the iceberg the rest of the information is actually not covered by prism according to dutch intelligence service but sensual terrorists 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 the brothers they have turned to one of the war no radical sources sometimes referred to as the vanity fair of al qaida although the web sites 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 in some people's e-mails. he's in new york geo political analyst he believes the government and media are working together to wage a concentrated smear campaign against snowden. in the united states we see
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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 we 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
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so what was snowden's motive and the content to and what should he do now melissa some of the questions being asked in cross talk later tonight here's a quick preview. all these people who are saying well snowden released information that was harmful to the united states because he revealed for example that the united states was spying on russia or spoiling on china or hacking into universities and places like that well you know they already knew that everybody knows that let me ask you this question mark if if edward snowden is really standing on principle and i don't know his motivations i don't think any of us really know his motivations but nevertheless if he's really standing on principle and what he cares about is really exposing the truth why should he come back to the united states go on trial and really stand up for what he's done if public opinion is so behind him why would that be a good thing for him to do you're arguing you know you should do you don't do the crime if you don't want to do the time well great but that's not the time he's
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going to do he's not going to be tried we already know that he's being charged under the espionage act which carries a potential life in prison ok he didn't do anything like that so yeah he has every reason in the world not to want to spend the rest of his life in jail for something he didn't do he'd be stupid to come back here. and that program is coming your way at seven thirty pm g.m.t. here on latifa now stay with us for more news i'll be back with the team in just a minute after this break.
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more news today. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. operation.
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continues here in britain's chancellor george osborne is announcing billions more in government spending cuts austerity measures are already biting for many across the u.k. and reports the effect can be devastating for the most vulnerable. once a place of sanctuary now a peyton symbol of austerity burson a small garden with west often sought refuge from her financial worries it was here she'd raised a family but when her son moved out she was caught by the new government scheme the bedroom tax days in social housing with spare rooms let's face it cuts to the housing benefit all moved to somewhere smaller less than a month ago and the fifty three year old grandmother of one killed herself by
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stepping in front of the meeting lori she left this suicide note behind for her devastated family. about god. she loved god. and. all that she'd know. that tight knit communities like this one lived in 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's austerity measures many people. are having to pay considerably more from a budget household budget which is already just stressed beyond belief to have cut back. but this problem was caused by the banks this problem was caused by not proper regulation of the financial services. the government insists that the cuts
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are necessary and that the current changes to the benefit system will eventually improve the lives of some of the poorest family 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 social care if you think you know you haven't committed any crime you are in a situation that's not you. and you've suddenly been restricted to something like a prison cell. phone how would you call it you face another fifty years but. i'm sure that. there are. some of.
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the. experts of situations like stephanie. are avoidable and point to iceland as an example the country saw a collapse of its banking system a few years back but protected spending cheesing stimulus save. the banking crisis and enjoy three percent growth in two thousand and twelve compared to just not point two percent in the k. but with the government seemingly committed to their will. the worry is that these cuts will for many more people across the like stephanie friends and family have effect this is irreversible. writer john white believes that fresh cuts will do nothing to write the sinking ship that is the british economy the country seen one point one percent growth in the last year of. this country's economy for the last one hundred years. as
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a continuation of the experiment and human to speak it is ideologically driven you can only talk them out and it is done with the objective of affecting the transference of wealth from the poor to the rich under the pretext of an economic crisis not reason it's. because of the crisis which has this country into. the economic you know if you're considering these polls he's on a piece of economics clearly is completely irrational the us economist paul krugman greatly disparaged. dreaming of words and when numbers of what do you think. this is totally appropriate to discuss this. it doesn't work in pain to session a painter decision. more to introduce demand which is a contract. now from on air to online use of polluting paper factory on
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russia's stunning lake baikal will soon make way for a new brand new disney style theme park tourist science in a national park with nature reserves are only a part of the major project you get the full details of the multi-million dollar plan at r.t. dot com right now plus. still thinking these are the pictures from a rally turned violent well actually this time hundreds of youngsters weren't battling police but bombarding each other with flowers or pictures and details that are to dot com right now. the first part of a long awaited addition to russia's sea fleet power has been unveiled in some petersburg the stern of the heavyweight stroll ship will now be sent to france to be fully assembled artie's more efficient explains what this naval deal means for moscow and paris. this strong is the name of
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a strong and usually cold wind in your eyes but it might also be a wind of change when it comes to places. that go by the ground according to the deal signed two years ago this shipyard in st petersburg will play a vital role in the fabrication of vessels the section built here will soon had to france for completion before making the return journey to enter the service in russia's navy although there's no champagne available to celebrate here today because a bottle of it was just smashed on the new ship or rather on this section of a new ship it's still a big day for a big ship as high as a fifteen story building and around two hundred meters long the mistral class warships have enough capacity to carry sixteen helicopters up to forty tanks or
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armored vehicles and around six hundred troops and a range of around forty thousand kilometers the equivalent of a single trip around the entire globe and what's even maybe more important it is a multipurpose vessel if. this ship is like a swiss knife it can be used both for military and civilian purposes it's a hospital it's a command point it's an assault ship and it's a headquarters it would be great for each of our four fleets to have that ship however the purchase of the two ships is not without its critics some of russia's own ship builders complain the fronts put a huge order to sort of the mastic shipyards they also say the deal has more political than economic benefits it's just recently emerged that the two mistrial quasi warships will not be able to operate in russia's bison winters without special lubricants that means more expense for the navy and dependence on a foreign supply chain others argue. it's
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a win win situation for both countries france gets an order worth over a billion euro which will keep many of its shipbuilders in business more important now than ever because of the ongoing euro zone debt crisis while russia gets a warship that will considerably boost its military capacity and also gains access to a very latest naval technology the first ship is expected to join russia's navy by the end of next year with another want to follow and as to whether this one deal will lead to closer ties with paris most will simply have to wait to see which way the wind blows. st petersburg. now to some other news making headlines around the world at this stage of the people being killed by police through a shootout in rio de janeiro's slum the security forces were hunting for the killer of a police officer when they clashed with locals meanwhile the antigovernment protests continue to sweep across the country with people demanding better social services
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as part of a recent proposal by the brazilian president for a referendum on widespread political reforms. of some people being killed by a roadside bomb attached to a motorbike which detonated in pakistan's southern city of karachi a senior charge was sought to be the target of the attack he was seriously wounded after the suicide bomber rammed into his vehicle no one has claimed responsibility for the blast but the judge had reportedly been receiving death threats. and rescue operations are ongoing in india's region where massive floods of five thousand people in the mountains more than eight hundred have been killed and one hundred thousand displaced after ten days of flooding and landslides before it is a war that rotting bodies left in the water pose a risk of contamination an outbreak of disease. to bring you up to date for the moment the news team with more in just over half an hour from now but in the meantime discussion of the u.s.
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bottled water market is on tap next in breaking the set with abby martin that's coming up after the break. up told him a language of war but i will only react to situations i have read the reports i'm likely to put the no i will leave that to the state department to comment on your latter point of the month to say to mr kerry a car is on the docket. no more weasel words when you vade a direct question be prepared for a chase when you throw a punch be ready for a bad. freedom of speech and little doubt the freedom to cross.
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