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her head. i think that is what everybody is looking forward to finding out more about. >> drew and sunny, thank you. of course cnn will be there live. i'm brooke baldwin here in cleveland. send it to washington. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. good afternoon. the prosecutor in the cleveland kidnapping case is giving a press conference. let's listen in. >> the county prosecutor will also engage in a formal process in which we evaluate whether to seek charges, eligible for the death penalty. capital punishment must be reserved for those crimes that are truly the worst examples of human conduct. the reality is we still have brutal criminals in our midst who have no respect for the rule of law or human life. the law of ohio calls for the death penalty for those most depraved criminals who commit aggravated murders during the course of a kidnapping. in the meantime, i ask for everyone's patience to avoid
damaging the investigation or the victim. the victims in this case have gone through a traumatic, decade-long ordeal that few among us are capable of ever understanding. the fbi victims assistant specialists have informed us the victims desperately need space and time. these victims need to be decompressed. they need a chance to heal before we seek further in depth evidence from them. we cannot have them subjected to 50 interviews and then go seek the interview to get the detailed evidence we need. it is imperative the community and media be respectful of these young men and women and give them and their families the privacy they need and deserve. i also greatly appreciate the members of the bar who have stepped forward pro bono to assist the victims and their families in this period of shocking change. particularly emory hilo, jim
wooley of jones day and other attorneys, attorneys in my office, the prosecutor's office, ms. perk, and others, who have gone out of their way to help these individuals and will continue to do so. on behalf of all the citizens of cuyohoga county i salute and thank the heroes this case has already revealed. first and foremost, the victims who have found the internal strength and courage to outlast their tormenter and survive this decade of torture and depravity. second, the victims' families who never lost hope for their loved ones and spurred all officials on. third the neighbors and police officers who acted decisively and bravely to rescue these victims. we also commend the professionalism of the cleveland police department, cuyohoga county sheriff's office, and the federal bureau of investigation and the specialists they've given us and the many hundreds of hours they've spent and will spend on this case. they work together effectively
and whose determination to bring this case to justice never waivered. for further questions, please submit them to our public information officer maria russo will give you her e-mail. we will work tonight to respond in writing as many questions as the law allows us to answer. i thank you for your time. i thank you for your concern and on behalf of cuyohoga county, we thank everyone who has worked on this case. everyone who has worked to achieve justice and will work to achieve justice. i know each and every one of you in the media are here to help in this case. i cannot answer all your questions. i want to do it carefully and legally and do nothing that would jeopardize the case. tonight we'll stay and answer every single question we can we're going to do in writing. i thank you. thanks very much. >> that was the cuyohoga county prosecutor in cleveland, ohio. many new details emerged today
in that kidnapping case. mcginty pleaded for the media and public to give the victims a chance to heal. he talked about how they need space. we're also getting an exclusive look today at the back yard of ar yell castro the man accused of abducting and holding captive the three women. in one of these photos you can see a cross near the fence line almost like a grave marker. police say the women were only allowed outside on the property twice. another photograph shows the fbi activity in the back yard at night. obviously a very intense and thorough search at that house. earlier today we got our first look at ariel castro in the flesh. he appeared in court and was held on $8 million bond, $2 million for each of his alleged victims. amanda berry, gina dejesus, michelle knight, and, of course, the daughter berry had in captivity. we're learning more about the hell these women endured inside
castro's home. a police source tells cnn castro ordered knight to deliver amanda's baby in a kiddie pool to contain the mess. also and this is a rather horrifying detail knight told police she was impregnated at least five times in captivity but castro would starve her and punch her in the stomach until she miscarried. knight is the only one still in the hospital. martin, did the prosecutor mention the death penalty just now as an option for ariel castro? >> reporter: yeah, he did. you know, that is something people have wondered about here. he mentioned that he may be pursuing aggravated murder charges here and was going to see if there could be circumstances in which it might be that the death penalty was eligible or that the charges could be eligible for the death penalty. that's the first time that has been said publicly by anyone here. tim mcginty was elected not that long ago and ran on the basis that he would be tough on crime in the city of cleveland. allegedly, what he would be doing here is he is alluding to
the fact that these statements made by a number of the girls, at least one of them there, michelle said she was forced to miscarriage as a result of the physical beating abuse she suffered from ariel castro. given that, the prosecutor is now saying he is going to see if he can get murder charges and then beyond that see if it is possible to even get the death penalty. it is i think an extremely serious statement coming down from this prosecutor and he plans to move forward as fully as he can on that case. jake? >> martin, tell us about the letter ariel castro wrote that the police found in his home. >> right. this letter has been classified in a number of different ways by a number of different sources. it's essentially a letter that law enforcement has told me that they have seen and that was written by ariel castro. now, it was written in 2004, so it was written sometime ago. but in the letter, and it appears that this letter goes on
for more than one page, he makes a number of different statements. there were times that he alludes to suicide, but it is probably not a suicide note. and then on top of that, he implies that he tries to give reasons for his actions and no one is giving credence to these, but he says that he was suffering from abuse and he implicates another family member as a result of that. that is about as far as that note goes or at least that is what we've heard from authorities. but it is an interesting piece of evidence among many that have been pulled from that home. a collection of material from over ten years of a horrible crime. >> all right. martin savidge in cleveland, thank you. police maintain no one ever raised red flags about castro before this week, but neighbors are telling us a different story. >> reporter: for nearly ten years ariel castro's house doubled as a prison for three
young women. >> what they told law enforcement was key and it's going to be a key part in the case. >> reporter: police say over the years they never had a reason to suspect anything out of the ordinary was happening behind castro's boarded up windows. >> we've asked ourselves that question numerous times over the last ten years. are we missing anything? is there something, is there a sign? >> neighbors say, yes. there were signs. in 2011 after he heard yelling from within castro's house, israel lugo says he called the police. >> cops come, half hour later on, they're there about five, ten minutes. no one answered, can't see through the windows so usually they get back in the squad car and leave. >> reporter: neighbor elsey cintrone told cnn her granddaughter noticed something deeply disturbing at the home. >> we noticed in the back yard this white woman crawling on fours like a dog. >> a few months later she says she warned police that something just was not right. >> i told the police officers.
i told the women. i said, i have a problem on seymour. i need somebody to go down there and check it out. she told me she could not help me. >> reporter: in a press conference police had a different version of the history of seymour street. >> our review indicated there were no other calls except one call for service in 2000 and we were able to identify the cleveland police were at the home once in 2004 for an incident that involved mr. castro as part of his employment as a school bus driver here in the city of cleveland. >> cleveland police have been criticized in the past for their slow response to residents' concerns in low income communities. back in 2009, officers discovered the bodies of 11 women inside the home of anthony sowell. at the time the former marine lived in this poorer section of mount pleasant neighborhood and neighbors said they had complained to police and the city council about a foul smell coming from the home. >> we received a phone call from a resident that said, councilman, there is a foul
order coming from across the street and it smells like a dead person. >> instead, the victims' bodies were discovered after police went to the home to investigate a sexual assault complaint. sowell was arrested and convicted and sentenced to death. the serial killer case resulted in multiple lawsuits filed against the city and its law enforcement officials. some of which were dismissed. nonetheless, cleveland's mayor impanelled a special commission to investigate the police department and its sex crimes unit. that panel made dozens of recommendations including steps to ensure all requests for assistance received a timely response. and making better efforts to collaborate with community members to find missing people. that last recommendation was based in part on a suggestion from the family of a teenager who disappeared on a walk home from school. the teen's name? georgina dejesus. >> there are not enough words to say or express the joy that we feel for the return of our
family member, gina. >> yep. the same georgina dejesus who was rescued from seymour street this week. i want to bring in someone very familiar with the investigation, detective jeff fulmer of the cleveland police department. he is also president of the cleveland police patrolman association. detective, thanks so much for joining us. what do you make of these neighbors who say they did raise concerns about ariel castro over the years? i know the police say they don't have any records of it but why do you think there is this disagreement? >> you know, i don't know right now. we do document everything. our 911 calls are recorded. we have all the history of these calls. you know, i don't know why people are saying this right now. we haven't been out there. our department took this very seriously and they're looking very hard for these girls for a long time. >> let's turn to this case. after ten years, what made amanda berry in your understanding of the case finally make a break for it on monday? >> you know, i'm not too sure about that because i'm not involved in the investigation
right now but thank god she did and thank god we got there in a timely manner and were able to have these girls out alive and ariel arrested. >> can you go into any detail at all about how the women were kept captive inside the home? >> no i can't go into that detail right now. the case is still pending. they're still doing interviews. it wouldn't be fair to the family or anybody else. >> as we mentioned before, after the anthony sowell case a special commission recommended a number of changes for the police department in terms of being more responsive to low income communities in cleveland. do you, in your experience were those recommendations acted upon? >> there were recommendations and were they acted upon? we respond to the calls. we come right away. it doesn't matter what area of the city we're in. this is a good example of how quick we got here and responded to everything. >> detective jeff fulmer, thank you so much.
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welcome back to "the lead" and other national news. bonnett marathon bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev's body has a resting place. we just don't know where it is. police will not say where the body has been entombed only that it is not in worcester, massachusetts. tsarnaev's mother told cnn she has not been told if and where her son has been buried. and some new, incredibly sad details from the family of one of the boston bombing victims. the family of 8-year-old martin
richard released an update on the condition of his younger sister who has undergone 11 surgeries in just 23 days. she lost her left leg below the knee and will eventually be fitted with a prosthesis. she is fighting infection and complications and on top of that had to be informed that her brother was killed. that is a reminder while boston is sending a message of resilience the victims are still struggling to recover. this all on the day congress held its first hearing looking into the events that led to the marathon bombing. joe lieberman who investigated the fort hood shooting testified today that these tragic events could have been avoided. i believe it would not have been easy but it was possible to prevent the terrorist attacks in boston. >> joining me now is democratic congressman bill keating, a member of the house homeland security committee. congressman, thanks for being here. >> jake, great to be here. >> i want to get to what your office found in russia but
before i want to start with the hearing today, the exchange between the chairman of the committee, mccall, and boston police commissioner ed davis. >> before the bombing were you aware of the russian intelligence warning regarding tamerlan and the fact that he may travel overseas to meet with the extremists? >> we have three detectives and a sergeant assigned to the joint terrorism task force. one of my detectives is actually in the squad that investigated that. we have access to all the data bases. we were not informed of that particular development. >> commissioner davis cautioned this is all in hindsight and even if they had that information it might not have made a difference but what was your reaction to that? >> this was billed as a first look, a hard look. i think it surprised a lot of people but it didn't surprise me. i think our job as a different branch of government is to come in and ask those hard questions and really from our vantage point going forward, whether or
not it would have made a difference isn't our real issue. our issue is if there are gaps in intelligence, not information sharing and there should be, that has to be corrected. >> you sent a staffer to russia to find out more information. what did that staffer find? >> we wanted to ask the question, too, when the fbi called back and wanted more information out of russia why they didn't give more and what there was to give. we wanted to get someone on the ground dealing with governmental sources and nongovernmental sources of information because we're discussing right now going to russia ourselves with the congressional delegation to pursue these things. now, what they found out was that indeed, tamerlan had contact with two insurgents, two people that were members of the insurgency there in the region. william plotkinov and one other. >> yes. informally, nongovernmentally, we learned that, indeed, plotkinov had been someone known
to tamerlan tsarnaev before. he was a boxer in canada. tamerlan was a boxer. somehow they had known each other before. there they were meeting in russia. then he meet with mahmoud nidal, another known insurgent. what happened there, also, was he was living in his parents' ho home, and plotkinov and nidal were both killed in raids. he moved out of his parents' home after that period and he came back to the united states. what happened with the russians, it wasn't as much a warning in my opinion as it was just a request. what do you know about this person? so let's classify it the way i think it was. plotkinov was questioned by the russians. he gave names according to nongovernmental sources of other individuals. one of those names was tamerlan tsarnaev. that prompted the russians to put him on the radar and they
saw jihadist websites and they saw him there. that's when we would like to believe they contacted the u.s. so what we have is we have two countries with a mutual interest. both for their own security. but we have two countries that have huge, historic distrust that exists until today. this is not going to be a very easy lift to get this kind of cooperation. it is in everyone's interest and senator lieberman today emphasized this is one of the most important aspects going forward and maybe we can have a breakthrough with russia where we can have better information sharing. >> how sure are you about this information? 100% sure? >> i'm very sure but you always check things and verify. >> congressman keating of massachusetts, thanks so much for sharing this information with us. >> great to be here. up next on "the lead" why do you pay more for your loans than huge banks do? that is what massachusetts senator elizabeth warren wants to know. now she is on a new crusade to
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back with "the lead" i'm jake tapper with our money lead. $26,000 is the average amount student loan bore eres end up owing. also in obvious news, college is expensive. what's not so obvious is that the interest rate on federal student loans is set to double this summer if congress does not do anything about it. enter democratic senator elizabeth warren. she has introduced a bill that would give a steep, temporary discount taking the interest rate from 3.4% to under 1%.
the senator joins me now from capitol hill. senator, first of all, congratulations on your victory. tell me more about this bill. why under 1%? why not just keep it where it is? >> well, look. the bottom line is that every day the united states government lends money to big, financial institutions. they've been doing it for years now. they've been doing it at abo about 0.75%. that's been the interest rate. we have students out there borrowing money to get an education working hard. my view is if the american taxpayer is going to invest in those big financial institutions by giving them a great deal on their interest rate, let's invest in those students by giving them the same deal. that's what it's about. >> senator, critics say comparing the student loan rate to the federal reserve discount rate is not quite apples and apples. the federal rate as you know involves virtually no risk because it's short term, bank-to-bank lending whereas with student loans there is a
risk involved. how do you respond? >> let's keep in mind, there is no risk in lending to the big financial institutions because they've got too big to fail backing them up. you know, that doesn't seem like the right approach to me. and do keep in mind on student loans, our student loans are producing revenue right now and lots of it. for every dollar that the government is putting into a federally guaranteed student loan, they're getting 36 cents back over the life of that loan from the students. so my view is, we shouldn't make students the target of profit center. we need to make investments? great. let's make at least a level playing field on those investments. same deal we give the big banks available to our students who are trying to get an education. >> i have to confess i am a bit surprised that your first piece of legislation is not about wall street specifically. but let me ask you what excesses
continue on wall street that in your view continue to put our economy at risk? >> well, look. we've got the too big to fail problem and every variation on that. the too big for jail, too big for trial. all of the things that say the rules for the big guys are special. they are different. those are not the rules that apply to little banks or ordinary families. we've got to get that one back under control. that is fundamentally putting more risk into our economy. we saw just a year ago right now jp morgan chase and the london whale those banks are taking on big, big risks as we saw with the scandal, big financial institutions out there rigging the market on interest rates so it is not as if the big financial institutions said, hey, we admit it. we get it. we understand and are backing up. we dial down the risks. instead we're caught in this
back and forth. too big to fail and taking on risks and sucking up profits. leaving the american taxpayer on the hook if something goes wrong. i think that is fundamentally wrong. we've got to fight back against it. >> senator, i want to definitely have you back to talk more about wall street. before you go i want your thoughts on being a massachusetts senator, having represented boston. the house held its first hearing on boston today and we know the boston police were not informed of the russian, the russian government flagging tamerlan tsarnaev. does that concern you? >> of course it does. you know, this is what we have to do whenever there is a tragedy. we have to go back and look and see if there was something we could have done better in this particular case to share information better. you know, i'm just sorry that we didn't figure this out earlier. but it is clear there is going to be an investigation and we'll see what can be changed to try
to get the information into the hands of local authorities. we have terrific responders in boston. i'll put in a plug the other direction. we talk about siloed information and information that didn't get shared. i watched this boston tragedy once the bomb exploded and i want to be clear there everybody worked together. our first responders, our firefighters. our police officers. our national guard. the federal authorities. everybody came in and it was a case of what can we do to help? they all worked together. it went beyond boston out to the watertown police, police across the commonwealth. we worked as one unit and that is what made us strong. boston strong. >> all right. senator elizabeth warren, we'll have you on again soon i hope. thank you so much for coming on. >> thank you. her son was killed in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and eight months later she is back in washington searching for answers did she get any? sean smith's mother, pat, joins
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welcome back. i'm jake tapper. now the world lead as terrorists armed with ak-47s and grenades were raining fire on the compound in benghazi, libya with american citizens trapped inside. u.s. special forces were in tripoli and they were itching to go to benghazi but they were told to stand down. that's the account from diplomat gregory hicks about the attack that killed his boss u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans. three state department witnesses said they were frustrated and angry with the response to the siege during testimony in front of a house committee. the attack happened on then secretary of state hillary clinton's watch last september. the man who replaced her, john kerry, today said he is ready to answer any questions. >> i am absolutely determined that this issue will be answered, will be put to bed, and if there is any culpability
in any area, that is appropriate to be handled in some way with some discipline, it will be appropriately handled. >> chief congressional correspondent dana bash joins me now. first the unanswered question about why the military did not do more to aid those helpless, largely defenseless americans in the consulate. it was disputed in an interview with me claims that the military could have done more. okay. we don't have that sound available. in any case he disputed that the military could have done more. but republicans don't seem to be able to let go of the idea that more could have been done. why not? >> well, what is interesting is what he told you. in fact i have it here. the military wasn't in a posture to help and the question is a very legitimate question that hasn't gotten a lot of play, jake. why is the military not in a posture in today's day and age to respond to help americans in tough situations and tough places like libya?
>> they have made changes to update the situation. >> they have made some but that is one thing being asked by the congress not only about the planes that didn't get there in time but also the questions of the four special ops that didn't come in. i can tell you they're also having trouble getting this. this is a letter that the house armed services chair got yesterday denying access to the classified time line about the orders made and why. >> what is in this classified time line -- we don't know what is in it but what do republicans suspect is in the classified time line. obviously there was a big, class destin presence in benghazi. a lot of cia officers. one reason nobody has been able to interview any survivors. what is the suspicion here? >> they don't know. one thing they do want the answer to is who exactly, what is the name of the person who told those four special ops personnel don't go from tripoli to benghazi. stay here. and why did they do it? that is one thing they want to find out because they think it is more a question of whether the military is in the right
posture globally. >> one interesting thing is gregory hicks who is number two at the embassy in tripoli says he got a phone call from hillary clinton's top adviser cheryl mills. what was that about? anybody who knows anything about hillary clinton and the way she has operated for years knows cheryl mills is one of her really top advisers. republicans know that. it was really clear watching them yesterday that they thought this was a very big deal that they got information. that cheryl mills called up gregory hicks and was very upset. >> after the attack. he was in libya. he had just been dealing with this, and she was very upset that he was in a meeting with him without one of her minders -- his minders basically a lawyer from the state department. what the republicans are trying to insinuate was they had something to hide, that this was part of a larger coverup that of course the administration, the state department denies there was any angry phone call. one thing that is interesting is even the republican chairman
doesn't seem that interested in this line of questioning i was told today. fascinating. we'll have you back on. parents who lose children in national clamalamity. they come to represent a pain that is difficult to ignore. you may remember cindy sheehan who lost her son casey sheehan in the iraq war. it was written, quote, the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in iraq is absolute. many observers believe president bush's refusal to meet with cindy sheehan was the beginning of his presidency unraveling. that brings us to patricia smith, the mother of sean smith, who was killed in benghazi. the tragedy of benghazi is not the tragedy of the war in iraq but is her moral authority any less than sheehan's? is her desire for answers about what happened to her son, is that somehow less important?
patricia smith joins me now. thanks for being here. >> hello. >> congressman issa started off the hearing by pledging to get to the bottom of what happened in benghazi. >> our goal in this investigation is to get answers because their families deserve answers. they were promised answers at the highest level when their bodies came home. >> mrs. smith did you get the answers you were looking for at this hearing? >> no. >> did you get any answers? >> i got a lot of answers but not the ones i really wanted. >> you want to know what? >> i want to know why there was no security there and the security that was there got pulled. and who is the one that told the military to stand down? basically. >> and that's where you think the investigation needs to follow, who in the state department denied security requests in the months leading up to september 11th, 2012, and what happened that night, why the military wasn't in position
or did not help? >> true. i did hear some of the things that the whistle blowers said. there was people that could help. but they were told to stand down. and i wanted to know why, who had the guts to say something like that to our people? >> you had strong words for former secretary of state hillary clinton when we spoke. >> yes. >> earlier this week. has anyone from the clinton camp or from the obama administration reached out to you? >> not one. >> not since the interview? >> no. do you feel that congress shares the same urgency that you feel when it comes to getting to the bottom of what happened in benghazi? >> i imagine some people in congress do, but the ones that have control of it do not. i don't know. i don't have my answers. whoever is stopping it is stopping it. >> people who have looked into this including the advisory
review board, the arb, say that there weren't troops in position to help those individuals in the annex that night. >> they're the military. everybody had guns. everybody should have been able to do it. that's their job. my son was doing his job. he was not helped. >> what was the last conversation you had with him? >> the day he died he called and told me, mom, there are people out here taking pictures. i'm really worried about it. he said he reported it and he didn't care. our government doesn't care about us. they don't care about us at all. they just care about saving their own butts and covering their souls or whatever it is. >> i wish hawed gotten answers. >> so die. i beg for answers.
when i was there at the casket ceremony, obama and hillary and biden and panetta and several more said that they would check into it and let me know. not one of them has called me. none. they don't care. i'm not important to them. there's other people that are important to them. they are themselves pretty much. >> you are important to us and a lot of people. >> that's why i'm here. >> we thank you for coming and hope you get those answers. >> thank you. coming up on "the lead" they walked on the streets of new york stealing almost $3 million from atms in only two hours. how did the dheevs it? our buried lead is coming up. [ female announcer ] introducing new olay fresh effects' a lineup of unstoppable skincare! for whatever adventure always start fresh and finish sparkling ♪
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. the sports lead today. play begins today in the biggest story in golf happening off the fairway. vijay singh is suing the pga tour after the tour dropped its case against him because of his use of deer antler spray. it turns out the supplement contains such a small amount of a banned substance you might as well be taking flintstones vitamins. singh says the investigation humiliated him. the tour also withheld about 100 grand in earnings during the investigation. a pitcher's best friend may not be a double play. it may be sunscreen. pitchers have been looking for an edge since they started calling balls and strikes almost 150 years ago. now two pitchers and one source close to the red sox tell yahoo
sports that bull frogs spray on sunscreen is the latest foreign substance of choice. it is apparently being mixed with rosin available on every mound to get a glue-like grip on the ball. just last week the blue jays' announcers called out a sox pitcher for going to a shiny substance on his arm pretty often but we don't know anything. we reached out to major league baseball and the league said any substance proven to be used to doctor a ball would certainly be looked into. poor dwight finally gets promoted before "the office" is about to go off the air. we'll talk to the actor who plays everyone's least favorite co-worker between next week's big finale and an issue very important to the actor. that is the pop lead and it's that is the pop lead and it's next. would absolutely not have taken a zip line in the jungle. (screams) i'm really glad that girl stayed at home.
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welcome back. a royal guest is at the white house this hour. prince harry, the 28-year-old who is third in line to the british throne is at an event hosted by first lady michelle obama. and dr. jill biden to honor military mothers. there is no talk with the president on the schedule. the pop lead, if you close your eyes and think of the smarmy suck up at your job you may picture dwight, played by actor rainne wilson on "the office." the one-hour finale airs one week from today thursday, may 16th, on nbc. what will the newly minted regional manager do when dunder mifflin closes its doors? it's a show that brought the mom-umentary to the main stream. with a single camera set up with
no laugh track reshaped the landmark of network comedies. rainn wilson plays dwight shrewt. >> it is possible this is the most awesome thing you were involved in. >> it is probable this was the high point of my career and the most awesome thing. >> there is no crime or shame in that. >> no. i feel none. i feel just tremendous gratitude. >> the show has been on one level an unlikely success facing skeptics who thought it could never improve on the british original starring ricky gervais. then came questions as to whether the show could survive the loss of star steve corel. >> my mind is going a mile an hour. >> it has thrived. is it tough to call it quits on a show? >> "the office" ending really came from us going to the producers and saying, you know what? it's time to end this thing. let's do one final season. let's make it great. let's have a big finale and let's do it right.
i love the people there so much. it is such a great family. at the same time, it was time for it to go away. >> recently the cast and crew threw a giant rap party and soaked up a victory lap in the pennsylvania town the dunder mifflin paper company called home. thousands came to bid them farewell. >> i feel like the beatles. >> wilson is now using his office fame to help support fellow members, ones being persecuted. >> bahis believe there is only one god and all religions are in harmony. it is a beautiful faith. i grew up in it. >> good evening everyone. thanks so much for coming. >> he came to washington this week to raise awareness about seven volunteer leaders who have been imprisoned in iran for five years. >> the charges against them are just preposterous. it's like spying for israel and corruption on earth.
so this campaign of five years too many is really to let people know, like, hey. there are behais rotting in jail on a 20-year sentence on completely trumped up charges because they have a certain set of faith beliefs that run against the theocracy in iran. >> nobody looks askance at you because you are a spiritual person? >> probably ricky gervais does, yeah. he's one of those, like, a doubter. he is an active proselytizing atheist. >> he is aggressively atheist. >> that is okay. i respect his beliefs. >> he doesn't respect yours though. that's okay. i thank him for creating "the office." i wouldn't have a job without it. >> is there going to be a wedding? >> there is going to be a wedding in the last episode. >> can you tell me who is getting married? >> toby and -- >> this is not going to be an accurate answer. >> oscar. i don't -- i can't reveal that. come on. >> you sound really at piece and
centered and not very much like a lot of actors i've met. is this because you're behai? >> my faith grounds me and centers me and gives me focus and purpose and i'm very grateful for that. maybe i'll just always be known as dwight and that's great. i'm totally fine with that. i'm a good actor. i know there is a lot of other work out there for me and a lot of fulfilling other stuff. this is just how i'm feeling right now. talk to me tomorrow and i could be pulling my hair out and going, damn corel. >> if you have a hunger for more of dwight schrute sorry. nbc reportedly passed on a spin-off. if you have a hunger for more of rainn wilson or more information about the behai imprisoned in iran check out his website soul pancake.com. coming up the biggest bank heist ever. hundreds of thieves from all over the world targeting every type of bank. could you be a victim without even knowing? that is our buried lead and it's
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the world. no guns, no mask. just lap tops, codes, and pass words. we're talking about a global circle of cyber thieves. the secret service says it has arrested seven suspects from the new york branch. the group is accused of hacking into an indian bank and a credit card processor here in the u.s., getting your pin numbers, draining a.t.m.s dry and making off with millions. right now it's not clear who is bank rolling the hackers. a major player in history's biggest corporate fraud scandal has many fewer days to mark off his prison calendar. jeffrey skilling of enron infamy has a resentencing hearing next month. he could get nearly a decade shaved off his sentence and be a free man in about four years. that's 11 years rl skilling struck a deal with the federal government this week in return for the early release. he'll stop fighting his 2006 fraud and conspiracy convictions and let the victims haveut bo $40 million of his seized assets. that's it for "the lead" today.
i'm jake tapper. i leave you in the very capable hands of wolf blitzer in "the situation room." take it away, mr. blitzer. >> thanks very much. happening now, accused of turning his cleveland home into a prison for three young women ariel castro appears in court today charged with kidnapping and rape. his two brothers are now free. new details on the house of horrors. you'll hear how the captives were locked in a basement surrounded by flyers listing them as missing and how one eventually lost her ability to speak spanish. new information emerging about the alleged cyber theft ring accused of stealing $45 million from banks around the world including nearly $3 million at new york city atms. we'll show you how they did it. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." a dramatic first court