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in for that on saturday afternoon. >> that is right. have a good day. take care. captions by: caption colorado firstname.lastname@example.org good morning to our viewers in the west. it is thursday, december 18th, 2014. welcome to "cbs this morning." outrage from hollywood after sony surrenders to hackers. united states prepares to blame north korea for the massive cyber attack. they promise historic changes after more than half a century of conflict. scott pelley is in havana and secretary of state colin powell is with us. and after 9 years, stephen colbert prepares to say see you, cable, and hello to cbs. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. p>> this is a terrible thing that happened. the message it says if you really scare us, we will do what you want.
>> sony pictures pulls out of "the interview." >> the christmas release canceled. the studio says it has no plans to release the movie at all. >> the u.s. plans to implicate the north korean government for the cyber attack. >> what are we doing here? let's let the guys come in here and have their way. >> american alan gross, imprisoned by cuba for the last four years, now back on u.s. soil. >> president obama announceing normalizing relations with cuba. >> this president is the single worst negotiator, basically giving the cuban government everything it asks for. >> a deadly crash in california. >> one person is killed when a car plows into a group of people. >> i saw two people hit each other and one car fly away. it was bad. >> defending actions in crimea. he promises the economy would recover within two years. >> christmas light displays can be out of this world. new images from nasa showing holiday light from space. >> all that -- >> which one of these is not a
piece of jewelry symbolizing the relationship between two people? >> b. >> -- and all that matters -- >> 6-year-old theater critic landed an interview with the one and only sting. >> i can see you tried your best. you can be proud of yourself. >> i'm proud of myself. >> if you say so. >> a movie about castro. >> announcer: this morning's "eye opener" presented by toyota. let's go places. captioning funded by cbs welcome to "cbs this morning." anger and outrage this morning after sony pictures pulls the controversial movie "the interview." one commentator said the united states lost its first cyber war.
>> sony backed down from hackers' threats of violence and potential release of damaging internal documents. cbs learns u.s. could soon blame north korea for the cyber attacks about the movie. the film is about a plot to assassinate north korea's leader. elaine quijano is here with the most dangerous cyber attack ever for corporate business. >> corporate america, hollywood, and the u.s. government agree the sony hack attack has been unprecedented and officials say the white house is considering a range of options in weighing a potential response. >> you want us to assassinate the leader of north korea? >> yes. >> whaaat? >> in the end it turns out the sony comedy "the interview" is no laughing matter. soon, the u.s. government may announce the result of the investigation as to whether north korea is behind the attacks. >> it's incredibly difficult for
the u.s. government to respond in part because the north koreans are playing a game of brinksmanship and they know there aren't many options for the u.s. government. >> this comes after the cyber group calling itself guardians of peace threatened a 9/11-style attack on theaters showing "the pinterview" on christmas day. thousands of theaters say they wouldn't show the film and sony was facing pressure from other studios. of rival movie, concerned about the threat of violence. >> they realized this would dissuade regular moviegoers from going to the mall and that would affect their bottom line for the holiday. >> finally sony decided to cancel it all together saying -- we are deeply saddened at this bracen effort to suppress the distrip butionbution of a movie. >> i have never seen a studio just say we are pulling the publicity, we are pulling the movie, no video on demand. it's as if "the interview" never existed. >> while sony says it stands by
the filmmakers and their right to free expression critics have been vocal. from newt gingrich who tweeted, america has lost its first cyber war. this is a very dangerous precedent. >> personally, i think allowing a ruthless dictator of another country decide what american people can or cannot see in our own country is against, like everything we're supposed to stand for, right? >> this whole thing is scary, man. somebody, it's your e-mails and your private stuff. i don't know. the whole town's scared. everybody's got to be scared. >> the ripple effects continue. a steve carell movie about north korea has reportedly been canceled. sources tell us it's possible "the interview" will never see the light of day and that sony wants to distance itself from the film's controversy as much as possible. losses from pulling the film and fixing the corporate infrastructure would easily run into the hundreds of millions. >> elaine, we thank you.
in the next half hour, a hacker's take. why a one-time hacker of a group is not so quick to blame north korea. ahead, who else could be behind the attack. this rn mo governments around the world are a plauding the united states and cuba after that diplomatic breakthrough. president obama said wednesday he will restore relations between the two countries. those ties were cut in january 1961. scott pelley is in cuba's capital and we'll speak to him in a moment. first major garrett is at the white house where the president made the historic announcement. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. good morning to our viewers in the west. president obama said it was time a diplomatic and political experiment that dates back to the eisenhower administration arguing closer ties would coax cuba's communist government toward all manner of reform. the president's critics called him misinformed and naive. >> we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests. >> reporter: the white house negotiates the release of u.s.
aid worker alan gross unjustly jailed in cuba for five years at the same time it worked on normalizing relations with havana's communist government. pope grab sis set the process in motion urging president obama and cuba president raul castro to resolve the dispute over gross' fate and initiate a new phase in relations. the president sealed the deal with castro in an oval office phone call tuesday. freedom for gross triggered the lifting of certain travel and trade restrictions but only congress can remove all commercial barriers between the u.s. and cuba. democrat robert menendez is the outgoing chairman of the foreign relations committee. >> i think it stinks. i think it's wrong. i'm deeply disappointed in the president. >> reporter: former florida senator marco rubio, who's parents fled the cuba revolution, said the white house gave up too much. >> this president is the single worst negotiator we've had in the white house in my lifetime who has basically given the cuban government everything it
asks for and received no assurances of any advances in democracy and freedom in return. >> reporter: arkansas republican jeff flake among others flew gross back to america, and was rare among republican supporters of the president. >> the policy we've had in place for the past 50 years has done more in my view in many's view, has done in power than anything we could have done. >> reporter: republicans who will run congress next year have vowed to do everything in their power to block the lifting of a decades-old economic embargo with florida. in south florida, anti-castro sentiment has run high and both parties have tried to exploit it. with president obama's move now the policy could be the dividing line for the race to the white house in 2016. >> all right, major. thank you. the president's announcement was a surprise, but diplomats have worked for years to bring home gross.
margaret brennan's at the state department. she's on that part of the story. margaret, good morning. >> good morning. alan gross' first words to his two daughters were "i'm free. "he's been in jailed since 2009 and charged with crimes against the cuban state. a mob of well-wishers greeted alan gross just after he landed outside washington, d.c. a devout jew, gross later told reporters he felt blessed. >> today is the first day of hanukkah. and i guess so far it's the best hanukkah that i'll be celebrating for a long time. >> reporter: imprisoned in 2009 the cuban government charged gross for crime against the cuban state and sentenced him to 15 years. he'd lost 100 pounds, vision in his right eye and five of his front teeth. >> god bless you and thank you. it was crucial to my survival knowing that i was not forgotten. >> reporter: after a few false starts over 18 months of talks a final deal was brokered this week.
the u.s. released three members of the spy network known as the cuban five. in exchange the castro regime released an unnamed cuban national who had served 20 years in jail for working as a u.s. spy. alan gross's imprisonment helped pave the way toward a diplomatic opening. president obama announced the first step will be allowing cuban-americans to send more money to families in cuba, and u.s. credit and debit cards will soon be accepted. gross told reporters it was about time the two countries made up. >> 5 1/2 decades of history shows us such belligerence inhibits better judgment. two wrongs never make a right. >> gross was greeted at the airport by john kerry who says he want to be the first secretary of state to visit cuba in 60 years but there's no trip planned yet and it will take time, at least six months to lift those terror-related sanctions. the two cubans released at the same time as alan gross were
all accused of spying at home. they are considered national heroes. castro embraced them when they got off the plane in havana. cbs eefl ning news anchor and managing editor scott pelley is in havana, cuba's capital. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. those three cubans returned here to a hero's welcome. cubans watched them on television last night greeting their neighbors as the streets around them filled with what appeared to be adoring crowds and they thanked everyone for keeping the faith and bringing them home. the castro brothers had always said this country would never rest until those three cuban spies were returned from the united states. as the sun rises this morning over the island, cubans are waking up to a new reality. now that the sweeping changes have finally been announced. these negotiations went on for 18 months in secret. when raul castro announced it to his people, at the same time
obama spoke in the united states. nearly everyone was watching. at first, there was silence. but that soon turned to joy. people broke out in song and danced to celebrate the news. church bells rang and cars and motor vehicles honked their horns as they drove through the streets. although it's still far too early for people to feel any sort of impact there's a sense that this can only be a good thing. people here feel that economic conditions will improve as trade restrictions loosen and visits by american tourists are made easier. diplomatic relations between cuba and the united states have been virtually nonexistent since they broke off in 1961. and when you look around a city like this, like havana, the city almost feels frozen in time, but this might change things now that ties have been re-established. you can't overemphasize what this news means to families here. an entire generation of cubans have watched their children either leave the island or
attempt to leave the island and there's a sense here now that if the economy improves and the government opens up more freedoms, families may stay together, people may want to stay here in cuba. charlie? >> scott, thank you so much. president george w. bush supported the economic embargo on cuba. so did secretary powell. he joins us from washington. good morning. >> good morning. how are you all? >> all right. >> you're a veteran of diplomacy. do you totally support the steps the president has done, the plans he has made and the deals he's made? >> yes, i support it but there's a long road to be traveled. i had a flashback when i heard the announcement yesterday. flashback in 1962 when i was a infantry captain on my way to vietnam when suddenly i got instructions to go to ft. hood because we may invade cuba. that didn't happen. over the years i've watched this policy unfold and i've been a
part of it. i think it's time to turn the page of history. i don't see anything wrong with opening diplomatic relations with cuba. we have diplomatic relations with other nations. just as oppressive as cuba. it's a way to talk. it's a way to make your point. they're not going to get off the sanctions list any time soon. congress isn't going to do that. but it's good to have an ambassador there who tells cubans, this is what will come if you start to respond in a positive way. and as scott pelley just noted, there is optimism within the cuban people by this change and therefore i think let's start it, let's get the process going, let's not have any illusions. this is still a terrible regime. we don't support their government. we don't like what they're doing. but i think having diplomatic
relations, as we've had with the soviet union, vietnam, so many other place, we can produce positive changes. >> so you recommend they lift the embargo? >> no. i recommend they take it under advisement. monitor what the cubans are doing. if they reach a point where they think sufficient progress has been made, then congress should consider it. this is just the beginning. we're not lifting the sanctions yet and there's a lot of pressure that will remain on the castro brothers and should remain on them until they start to show the kind of positive movement that we want to see. releasing political prisoners, opening up the economy, making life easier and more open for the cuban people. and so this is just one step and there are a lot of steps that have to be made to make this work. >> general, can you address the criticism that president obama by taking this action has vindicated the brutal behavior of the cuban government, a castro government that has been so oppressive, a long list of human rights abuses? >> no, i don't think he's done that at all.
nor is that necessarily the case just because you opened an embassy and started to make some movements. i hope that our government will continue to speak out against that kind of behavior and i hope our ambassador going in makes sure we give that message to them at every opportunity. we're going through the same thing with a lot of other countries. and my experience in all of this is once you start talking to someone, you're almost inserting a poison pill into the system where they have to start responding to the pressures that they're still under. and so i thing this is a positive step and let's not overemphasize all that's going to happen in the months and years ahead. it's a long process, but i think a page of history has been turned and it's appropriate to do so at this time. >> general, i want to turn to the sony hack attack and reports that the north korean government is behind it. what do you make of that and if true, what are the implications of that? >> well, i think if it is
the koreans, and i understand the government will announce that, the american government will announce that it's a very serious issue. but, you know, this is a problem all of us have to face in this internet age. but if we can identify that the north koreans did it and if we can be specific as to who did it within north korea, then i think appropriate action has to be taken. i can't tell you what that appropriate action is. we're rather limited in what we can do with north korea that we haven't already done. but i'll wait and see what the administration announces and then we'll go from there. >> secretary powell. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. coverage on the cyber attack and the historic shift in policy towards cuba continues tonight on the "cbs evening news." scott pelley will be anchoring from havana. russia president vladimir putin says he's confident his country's economy will rebound. he's hosting his annual news conference. with questions ranging from international conflicts to recent financial troubles. putin puts part of the blame for the fall of the ruble on western sanctions. >> translator: what they're
trying to do at the moment is to maintain our sovereignty and our independence. and if you do it, then the problems we're facing in our economy at the moment are the results of the sanctions, and it is partially true because you know about 25% of the problems we are facing at the moment, 20%, 25%, are due to the sanctions. >> well, putin says russia is not the aggressor in international conflicts and in protecting the interest he accuses the united states of meddling in russia's affairs. bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev is appearing in boston at this hour. tsarnaev has not been seen in public since his arraignment in july of 2013 when he still had visible injuries. attorneys are expected to discuss jury selection which begins in january. defense motion to move the trial from boston is pending.
new video this morning said to show the tense moment as iraqi officers tried to defuse a suicide belt strapped to a boy. iraqi media reports he was at a shrine in baghdad. he surrendered to authorities instead. sources tell cbs news the boy is 13 years old and from syria. iraqi officials appear to have successfully deused the bomb. and it is 7:19. on "cbs this morning" we'll ask peter greenberg how long it will from the kpix 5 weather center good morning, everyone. heading out the door, grab the umbrella to be safe. light drizzle but look at that. hi-def doppler no green no yellow no orange. we have a mainly cloudy day on tap for today. southwest winds up to 10. temperatures currently in the low 50s going up to highs today upper 50s and low 60s. rain develops overnight. the bulk of the rain friday
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good morning, everyone. 7:26. i'm frank mallicoat. here what's happening right now. three dead, 10 injured after they were struck by a suspected drunk driver in southern california. the victims had just left a christmas pageant at a church in redondo beach last night. the driver finally came to a stop after crashing head on into another car on the pacific coast highway. starting today, walnut creek is banning single use plastic bags in restaurants. retailers can offer customers a paper bag but will charge you a dime for that. restaurants had been exempt from the larger citywide ban until now. >> we have your traffic and weather now as well coming up right after the break. stay right there.
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make no mistake. obama has a whole lot of plans to make cuba liberated. >> this comes after cuba released an american frizz never along with a high-level spy. >> it takes cuba off the terrorist list and eases banking regulations. >> you can bring in cuban cigarettes. >> they're not going to get way with this. as soon as my show ends e i'm heading to cuba. i will go to every pristine beach and visit every rum distill distill distillery. i will not leave until my job is done and i'm resting in a hammock. >> those hammocks look comfortable. coming up in this half hour
the real end tonight for stephen colbert's fake alter ego. some in washington just might be relieved this morning. >> plus, travel editor peter greenberg is in our toyota green room. he'll show us wh is that. new york's daily news says governor kuo is working to ban fracking. a report said this. that there are concerns it could pollute water, air, and soil. nearly 35 states allow fracking
including neighboring pennsylvania. "the new york times" remembers the last of the merrill boys. richard c. died. he was hired by edward r. murrow. in the 1960s he reports. richard c.hotlett was 97 and set a standard for those of us who worked at cbs news and tried to achieve. >> indeed indeed. "wired" says the evidence that north korea hacked sony is flimsy. they say it looks more like the work of hacker activists so could they pull all something like this when they can barely keep the lights on? a former american hacker who once attacked sony is skeptical. elaine key quijano sat down with the
one-time hacker group anomty. >> he began cooperating with the fbi after getting caught. he now works as a security researcher. >> as someone who was connected to that world of hacking, what is your theory on how this took place? >> for something like this to happen it had too happen over a long period of time. you cannot just ex-fill trait one tear rah bite in that short a time. it would take months or even years to hack 100 tear a bites. >> could it have been north korea, do you think? >> it could be. in my personal opinion it could not. look at the pipeline the pipes
going in handling day tachlt they only have one major isp across the entire information. that kind of information flowing at one time would have shut down the north korean government immediately. >> you're saying they don't have the ability. >> they have things very similar to china, russia and good old usa. >> what about china? >> it's possible. i mean it's possible. it might be north korea inside of china. >> some gathers say some of the malware was written in korea. what does that tell you? >> that doesn't tell me much. i've seen russian hackers pretending to be indians, hackers pretending to be little girl they do it to get information, disinformation covering their tracks. do you really think a bunch of nerds are going to do it to blow
up new york? no. it's not realistic. >> he said it was an inside job that an employee or consultant downloaded all the information from sony's servers and then sold it to someone else gayle? >> thank you. >> president obama's decision to renew diplomatic ties with cuba does not affect a long standing ban for travel tourists. what happens when these two countries just 90 mile ace part open up tourism and trade. cbs travel editor peter greenberg has been to cuba 30 times. he joins us at the table. >> they never foinld out yet, no. >> what does that mean for those who have never been there even once? >> let's not get too excited. it prohibits us from spending u.s. dollars there. we still have the sanctions in place. there are no scheduled airline flights there. they have to get a lot of other things in place before we can actually do that. >> how long do you think that will take?
>> probably six months. this came as no surprise to the private sector. they've had contingency plans to go there for years whether it's coca-cola or ibm. they're ready to go. they're just waiting for the green light. >> what are the laws now in terms of -- you mentioned a couple of them but in terms of say buying property in cuba? >> right now you can't. >> can you do it with a foreign -- >> a lot of people have done it. not the americans but the swiss spanish, italians jamaicans have brought it. raul castro has been opening condominiums. when you see that, you know the doors are about to open somewhere. >> many are complaining people are still being violated. scott pelley said, look, it looks like something out of the 1950s. this doesn't look like a good thing. >> when travel and tourism shows
up, the doors get taken down, it opens up the boundaries and trade flows. when trade flows, jobs are creates. people think cuban cigars and rum. you know what that is? it's nothing. it's travel and export. this is a big deal for them. >> speaking of cigars and rums interest are going to be an immediate lifting of those right? >> right now if you're coming back as a licensed traveler you can bring back up to $100 worth of cigars and $400 worth of products that are limited. don't buy the cigars i'm just saying. >> i don't smoke, so. thanks peter. >> you got it. coming up one last show before stephen colbert moves to cbs. we'll look at some of the scathing comedies. that's next on "cbs this morning."
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who knows who will show up in our celebrity ball pit. >> hello. >> broadcasting legend and anchor of "cbs this morning," charlie rose. whoa. >> don't you love that? that's charlie. >> hilarious. >> bouncing up on the "colbert report" back in march. guess what. after nine years of biting political satire the late night host is heading to cbs. he'll be taking over for david letterman. >> vladimir duthiers is outside of his new york studio where the last taping is just hours away. vlad, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are critics who said that the character stephen colbert created back in 2005 wouldn't last a season. before he wrapped up his ninth, we wanted to take a look back at what's made the "colbert report" such a success. >> so what the critics said when
it started was finally true. it won't last more than a couple of weeks. fortunately there's still time to pratz me. >> william jefferson clinton was taken but prez billy clinton was available. >> you i've taken a lot of shots aet my job. i've decided to go ahead and take a shot at yours. >> sharing the anchor desk with obama and shaved his head in solidarity with troops overseas. >> we'll be right back. >> now after nine years and six emmy awards steven co-pair is leaving his post. >> that's right. jeb no w. bush had explored the presidential committee which
excludes the two he was born into. >> colbert inhales oxygen and exhales comedy. it's pretty much that simple. >> he takes over if david letterman in january. >> there's so much to love about the show. first the fact he took on the whole persona of the fake idol bill o'reilly or fake papa bear. >> when you met o'reilly at the time 100, you said jesus save me i'm ready to go. >> this is it. he talked about the advantages of creating the pundit persona on charlie rose. >> meanwhile i get to hide behind the character face and i get away with a lot. >> reporter: at times he took his show on tour like the correspondents' dinner. >> i believe by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in iraq.
>> it was pretty brave for him to do that and that was the genesis of people falling in love with stephen because they saw he was so brave to do that style of humor. >> over the years, folks, i've interviewed only 81 members of congress. >> while mark colbert kept washington on their heels politicians were often in on the joke. >> i have fenced with marshal fudge, leg wrestled jason cha vis. >> if you're doing an interview you've got to be yourself and be on the receiving end of a lot of laughter. >> reporter: the majority of colbert's office is under 40. they look to it as their primary source of political news. >> the show igts has been a breath of fresh air. >> which would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses. >> how do you think the audience will respond to him not being papa bear? >> no matter what you throw at
him it comes out funny. >> we'll see you tomorrow night one more time. >> i think they'll be pleasantly surprised when they see his fuller personality on display. now, stephen colbert may be leaving the studio behind me but he's not leaving the neighborhood. the ed vaunl theater is just a few blocks away. >> all right, vlad. in this special taping tonight a special audience. only one of us aet the table will be there. who's going to be there, mr. rose? that's so cool. >> i have no idea who's going to be there but he send me sommelier ricks we're going to sing and saint don't worry, there'll be a tell prompter. >> he's everything they said. he inhales oeks oxygen and exhales comedy. >> comedy is a sign of intelligence i say. thank you, vlad. americans, we love our holiday decorations. what's going on at your house? you can see the proof from outer space. new images from nasa show just
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shikada is resigning. the police and firefighters unions say the city is forcing ikada out. they clai good morning. it's 7:56. i'ming my. san jose city manager ed shikada is being forced out. they say the move ends hope for better relations between the council and city employees, according to the union. san francisco police are looking for a tree vandal. scott weiner posted this video of a man ripping a branch off a newly planted tree. it happened around 5:30 on last thursday morning on noe street. the bay bridge lights will be reinstalled with sturdyier
good morning. two accidents on 101, southbound marsh, two cars grass that in both directions. towards sfo, an accident northbound 101 at south airport boulevard. also blocking lanes. chp on scene. south 280 a little sluggish as well through daly city. north 280 at de anza. look for an accident in clearing stages delays improving through there. that's traffic. here's roberta. hi-def doppler radar not picking up anything locally a little bit of light rain showers around the santa cruz mountains. good morning, everybody. that is it. maybe a stray shower today. primarily this morning. otherwise mostly cloudy skies. currently, we are in the 50s. the winds are south-southeast at so miles per hour. we'll remain up to about 10 later today with our high 50s and 60s under mostly cloudy skies. we have rain developing overnight tonight. the bulk of the rain will move in during the morning commute. that will set the stage for a dry weekend through christmas eve.
♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it is thursday december 18th, 2014. welcome back to "cbs this morning." more real news ahead including america's release of cuban spies. insider michael morell ways s weighs in on what it means. hollywood corporate america, the u.s. government all agree that sony hack attack and aftermath has been unprecedented. >> it has to happen over a long period of time. it would have taken months maybe even years. >> his first words to his two daughters were i'm free. . >> it's best hanukkah i'll be celebrating. cubans are waking up to a new reality now that the sweeping changes have finally
been announced. president obama said it was time to end a diplomatic and political experiment that dates back to the eisenhower administration. >> let's not have illusions. this is still a terrible regimen, having diplomatic relations. sadputin puts part of the blame for the fall of the ruble on western sanctions. stephen colbert may be leaving the studio behind me but he's not leaving the neighborhood. the ed sullivan theatre is just a few blocks away. >> take a virtual tour. click on the historic artifacts on my bookshelf. for instance rock em sock em robots. the store was out of hungry hungry scalias. i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. sony this morning is facing accusations it surroundered to hackers. the movie studio cancelled the christmas reloose of comedy" the interview" about an american
assassination attempt on north korea's leader. cbs news has learned federal investigators believe north korea could be behind the cyber attack and threats against moviegoers. celebrity sounded off on social media expressing frustration with the decision to shelf the film "the interview" steve carell tweeted, sad day for create i've expression. #feareatsthesoul. i think it's disgraceful that the theaters are not show "the interview." will they now pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat? rob lowe wow, everyone caved. the hackers won. an utter and complete victory for them. wow. theater in dallas is making a statement of their own, swapping" the interview" on christmas day for one free screening of "team america, world police," sat tir call comedy to thwart a terrorist plot from north korea. this year they say another berlin wall is starting to fall. that's a response to the u.s. in cuban restoring diplomatic relations that were severed in
1961. president obama made the historic announcement after 45-minute phone call with cuban president raul castro. they agreed on terms for the release of allen gross, the aide contractor who spent five years in a cuban prison. also released one citizen convicted of spying for the united states. meanwhile, three cuban agents serving time in america were freed. they returned to a hero's welcome in havana. they were part of a spy network known as the cuban five. cbs news senior security contributor is a former cia deputy deputy director. what can you tell us about the spy that we only discovered yesterday was in the cuban prison? >> this was a very important asset of the united states government. he provided vital information that led to taking apart cuban spy networks in florida and ultimately resulted in the
arrest of eight individuals for spying for cuba. very very significant intelligence asset for us. >> what do you think about the prisoner exchange in general, michael? do you think we should be exchanging spies? >> absolutely. you know we have a number of individuals around the world who are spying on behalf of the united states, who are committinges spinnage against their own country. when they agree to do that to us gayle, we make a commitment to them that we will be with them forever. on the very rare occasions when one of them gets caught we do everything we can to get that person out of jail and to the united states and we never forget. in this case it was 20 years and we haven't forgotten and we brought them out. very, very important. >> mike, as part of this historic change, the united states will now reconsider cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terror. when might that happen? how would that change things? >> there's a number of steps
here norah, that have to happen to re-establish normal relations. congress will play a big role in that. part of that will be taking a look at the state sponsor of terrorism designation. in my view cuba has not been involved in terrorism for a very very long time. so an actual looking at the issue should be pretty easy but it's probably going to get wrapped up in politics. >> michael knowing what you know about nsa and know about espionage, wouldn't we know if the north koreans were behind this hacking at sony? don't we have that much technical superiority to identify where it's coming from. >> i have to be careful how i answer that. in general, yes. i can tell you that north korea has significant cyber capabilities. they use them quite frequently. against south korea. you know for a backward state, that might be a little surprising but they also have a
nuclear weapon. so they're capable of achieving things when they focus on them. >> mike, the significance has america lost its first cyber war to north korea? >> obviously they succeeded here in doing what they wanted to do which is take this -- take this movie and put it to the side. so, yeah they won here. but, you know north korea is some day going to change, you know like cuba has changed. that's going to happen. it can't survive over the long term. >> mike, thank you. >> you're welcome. report from havana cuba, tonight on the cbs evening news and you can find coverage on cbsn just go to cbsnews.com. russia's president says his country will bounce back stronger from the current financial crisis. reporters from around the world filled the kremlin for putin's annual news conference.
charlie d'agata was there. >> good morning. a marathon annual news conference conference, lasting three hours. putin was mostly defiant but at times relaxed and even joking. when he was asked whether russia was being punished for taking over crimea, he likened it to a russian bear guarding its territory. >> translator: the bear who guards his forest. you know, the thing is if we go on with such analogies, sometimes and this thing even comes is that probably our bear should just relax and sit quiet -- relax and sit quietly and just eat honey instead of hunting animals. maybe then they will leave in peace but, no they will not. what they're trying to do is to chai the bear and when they manage to chain the bear they will just take out fangs and
claws. >> my fangs and claws he said he's referring to russia's nuclear deterrent in the fact that the country is being isolated. when pressed on the economy, the overwhelming subject, he blamed external factors. and he said that sanctions were to blame for 25 to 30% of the problem. norah? >> charlie, thanks. >> three hours is a long time to hear about a bear and honey and claws. >> he always has a colorful analogy. >> he does. >> ahead on cbs this morning, chris rock's big role. he's not just an active in this new movie, he releels what he wants to prove as a
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christmas is one week from today. scary, right, with the holidays here. a new pew research poll shows family and friends are looking forward to visiting this season. cbs news contributor and republican strategist frank luntz brought together parents to talk about the state of the family. >> i begin with a simple question. is it easier or heard today to raise your children than it was for your parents raising you? who thivs it easier? who thinks it harder? everybody thinks it's much harder. what is it? >> ipads tvs, cell phones. >> isn't technology a good thing? >> it's good for the most part but not in the hands of
children. >> there's no guidelines. >> what's that? >> they can go as far as they want whenever they want. nobody's putting a lid on it. it's 3:00 in the morning. stop, get off the ipad. >> isn't it your job? >> they don't do it. >> the technological process inkster fears with the educational process and family life. my daughter wants to do this this, this and nothing with me me, me. it irritates me that her facebook page is more important -- i'm not kidding. it's more important. her twitter account is more important than family life. >> i don't let my kids do any of that. that is part of the problem. i make my children very shy. i make them interact with people. i think it's hard to battle a narcissistic society that's teaching my child to thing about themselves and no one else. >> is every parent a role model? >> not every parent. i am. i can't speak for anybody else.
i make it the point to be the best. >> does your child appreciate it? >> she does. she doesn't have no choice. >> what values do you want to teach your kids if your parents -- what do you want your children to know and how do you want them to behave. >> to be accountable for their actions. there are good ones and bad ones. >> to teach your kids personal responsibility. >> self-control. >> are there any single parents here? we've got three of them. how hard is it for you when -- are you raising your child? >> yeah. >> how hard sit for you to raise your child without a mom? >> i mean it's pretty hard because you have to -- i mean a father's one thing. but you do have to have certain types of sensibility because she's of the opposite sex. have to have certain types of sensibilities there. >> what are the unique of being the mother and the father? >> trying to be both parents.
i'm a firm believer -- i was raised by a single dad. even to this day not having my mom i stel feel like i missed out on something they needed so that gives me the want to do much better as a parent so i try my best to be both parents although i can't because i do believe children need both parents. >> we've kind of lost touch knowing gender roles. women's liberation i'm for it. i think it's great but there are certain things a woman needs to learn from a woman and men to learn from a men. >> especially our community we need a man to raise our son. a woman cannot do it. >> there's a love from both parents. >> he's telling me -- >> why is this so emotional? >> in our community, we've just been ransacked. >> what is a black community? first of all we're one america. a black america's problem is
america's problem. that's my biggest issue with this whole conversation number one. number two, we do need to work on building families as a whole. >> do any of you having trouble in a typical day making it through from morning to night? is that difficult for anyone? >> sure, yes. it's exhausting. >> what is it? >> it's exhausting between work and trying to do homework with the kids at the end of the day, especially if you have a job thain involves travel. you feel like you're always catching up. >> i feel like i'm working, working, working to death and i don't have much to show for it. >> do you think your children will have a better quality of life than you or worse off? >> better. >> better. >> worse. >> how many think better. >> and how many of you think worse? >> worse. >> so you're split. whoo do you think it will be better. >> because technology is moving the knowledge is there so they can obtain everything they want. it's achievable. right there in their face wchl that being said, you can do anything nowadays. >> and who thinks it will be worse? >> i think homeownership is
going to be out of the question for most of the kids in this room. taxation, the decline of the government, the way it's heading. we used to be an exceptional country. we have american leaders who don't believe in an exceptional country. >> history says we have a long road to gohoe and we're going to do it. we're going to do it together. >> all the parents seemed to agree technology makes it hard. i think parents are the boss. take away the technology. you can't have your twitter, facebook and ipad. >> go ahead and try do it. i'm sitting in the green room for the last 45 minutes and everyone who comes in here said the same thing. when i was a child, when i was a child and they all talked about how different they were raised. this is 2014. it igs not 1980 anymore. and so our kids have different expectations and different demands and parents are having a touch time and what i tell you is the role of technology for parents allows them to be more
connected to their children but it allows their children to be less connected to their parents and that's what the frustration is. it's the anxiety. it's fear. they don't know what world their children are living in and unfortunately they're not willing to fight to be part of that technological world. >> how should they fight? >> as gayle says if not take away the technology then participate in it engage in it. know what they're experiencing online. it's more than that. that gentleman who said -- they all agreed. the idea that dhar children find technology to be more powerful and more real than real life. the idea that you can be something different on the web than you are face-to-face kids don't know how to communicate anymore. they don't know how to talk. they don't look you straight in the eye. they say um and like and don't know how to communicate. our parents have to have these conversations with their children. the most important advice i give them is that you come to the dinner table, you turn off the
tv, you turn off the radio, and you come prepared with it with your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good morning, it's 8:25. time for some news headlines. three people are dead and almost 10 more why seriously injured after they were struck by a suspected drunk driver in southern california. the victims had just left a christmas event at a church in redondo beach last night. the driver finally stopped after crashing head on into another vehicle. caltrans may not have to replace more than 2,000 bolts on the new eastern span of the bay bridge. talks of replacing the bolts were a hot issue after 32 rods and bolts cracked. a bridge committee says the remaining 2200 bolts are not in danger of failing and should stay in place. starting today, walnut
blocking languages. elsewhere across the gold gold, so far, so good. traffic not bad. no delays out of marin county. in and out of san francisco, 280 extension you will see a few brake lights. golden gate bridge traffic fine. 101 slow along the peninsula near 92. roberta? >> hi-def doppler radar as we go ahead and zoom on in. what do you see? well, first off right there, sfo. one hour six-minute delays on some arriving flights. you see lots of clouds there. those clouds squeezing out a few sprinkles here or there. that's about it. today we're starting our morning with temperatures in the 50s under mostly cloudy skies and a few sprinkles. otherwise later today, mostly cloudy a seasonal day with highs in the 50s and 60s. south winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. take a look at the extended forecast. we have a brand-new storm working its way into the bay area in the overnight hours. the bulk of the rain arrives by the morning commute. mostly cloudy friday afternoon and mainly dry conditions over the weekend. have a terrific thursday, everyone.
welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour charlie's wide-raging conversation with chris rock. he opens up about everything from gone girl to why he's winning praise from seinfeld for being bet owner race than anybody else in comedy. an 11-year-old girl's battle in cancer. how she just found inspiration from pope francis. he remarkable journey of faith and strength. that's ahead. "the wall street journal" looks at an annoying problem for party planners. nobody rsvps anymore. it createsal kinds of problems like food shortages and space.
one said we have simply forgotten,000 make a commitment. >> so true. they don't rsvp and they show up at a party and you don't have a seat or food. >> yes. the blimp is 80 feet long. the first of two will be launched over maryland this week. it can attract missiles in cars and boats. it can monitor from north carolina to boston. and "people" magazine says elton john will tie the notd with his longtime partner david furnish. these guys have been together for more than two decades now. they entered a civil partnership back in 2005 but the singer and furnish decided to mary after england legalized same-sex marriage in march. it will take place this weekend. chris rock is known for his standup and comedic rules in
some of hollywood's funniest movies. this month he'll release a movie he wrote, direct and started in. it's received critical acclaim and i was pleased to play a role in it myself. >> here's what they're saying about your movie. for the first time he has made a movie that's as good as his standup. does that resonate with you? >> that was the desired effect. >> what's up. this is andre allen. >> oh my god! >> where's my kiss. >> do we have to do it on camera? >> it doesn't exist. >> in 2005 "time" magazine voted this man the funniest man in america. >> i don't feel like doing a funny movie anymore. don't feel funny. >> i wanted to do a movie kind of in some ways about black fame because being famous as a black guy is a little different than being famous as a white guy. tom hanks is an amazing actor. denzel washington is a god to
his people. okay? denzel washington has a responsibility to his people that tom cruise and you know liam neeson and all these guys don't have. they just make their art and no one -- no one goes hey, tom cruise stay white. don't forget your whiteness. come back and visit white people. hell, what you doing for white people tom cruise? nobody says that to tom cruise. salon, what you doing for italians, man, what are you doing for italians. like no one says that. >> what do they say to denzel? >> they want to know that denzel loves his people that denzel is doing stuff for your his people and they feel denzel's highs and lows more than -- tom cruise,
there's going to be another white movie next week. if denzel does a bad black movie, i might not see a good black movie for a year. i'm really left out here hanging. >> did you feel that yourself when you were in that room writing? >> a little bit. a little bit. >> didn't you make this movie without studio backing? >> no studio backing. i got the money from barry diller. >> right. >> barry diller came up with the moan. >> >>. >> you go to toronto. >> i go to toronto. >> with the movie, no distributor. >> the crazy thing was, we went to toronto. there's all these pamphlets and booksing things to look for in toronto. we're on nothing, no list. no list to the point wherever i went in toronto people were going, what are you doing here? what are you going to see? how about my movie. >> how about "top five?"
>> what are you doing here, mr. grown-ups? didn't you make booty chang. what are you doing at the toronto film festival. i'm like i made a movie. my movie is jay, scar face and then i might let biggy in. my biggest is cool j. we'll put on a show. >> you said an interesting thing. you said i want to make a chris rock movie. you would sit with adam sandler and see what he was doing. he was making an adam sandler movie. >> he was really making an adam sandler movie. men dress like -- we always get our fashion sense from whatever friend gets laid the most. i guess i'll get those shoes. okay that hair cut seems to work for him. i'll get that haircut. so sandler's like my biggest
movie star friend. i'm like, okay, i'll just do what he's doing. but it didn't kind of fit me, you know what i mean? like i had to -- it fits when i'm in a movie with him but it didn't fit me to make a movie of the same tone as him or even an eddie murphy movie. that wasn't my tone. and this movie -- the important thing was i found a tone that works for me. >> everybody has said to me it's harder for a serious actor to be funny and that it is for a comedic actor to be serious. >> i saw "gone girl" the other day. it's amazing, right? it's amazing. but if you took adam mckay who directed "anchorman" and you let him direct "gone girl," right and take dank fincher and have
him direct "anchorman," who's going to get closer to the finished product? adam mckay is going to do it. not as good as fincher. but you'll get from a to b. fincher's "anchorman" is going to suck. >> he can't do comedy. >> i'm just saying. odds are -- come on fincher. i'm here. i love social network. >> standup will always be at the core of your life? >> yes. standup will always be at the core of my life. >> why is that? >> i like it. i really like it. i really love it. >> map we lie all the time. we lie all the time. you know what a man's lie is like? i was at tony's house. kenny's house. a woman's lie is like it's your baby. >> you want people who are african-americans who are in the audience to populate the audience when you do the hbo specials because why? >> here's the thing.
when i do an hbo special -- and this is why i do it. kind of insist on an all black audience. >> yes? >> because sometimes i do things that are critical of black culture or critical of my people as a whole, and when you do jokes like that it's important to cut to a black face laughing to signal that this is not racist because black people can be racist against their own people too. guess what? black people laugh better than white peel. they're better laffers. black people laugh with their feet. when you hear black people laugh and you hear -- you know what i mean? when black people are really in into it? it's the mouth and belly and feet where white people laugh from the neck up. >> all my black friends have a bunch of white friends and all my white friends have one black
friend. >> seinfeld says you can do race better than anybody else because you can approach it better to get to the truth of the race in america than most. >> maybe. i'm from -- i'm from that era. i was bussed to school in 1973. thing of it this way. the bridge has been the robert f. kennedy bridge for 20 years. we still call it the try barrel bridge. so when you pass a law it takes like 20 years -- even though it's illegal to do certain things it takes 20, 30 years for people to get acclimated to things. i got bussed to school. i was called nigger all the time, you know by students, teachers janitors so i know it. like i really, really, really really know it.
>> there ain't a white man in this room that would changes with me. none of you. none of you would change places with me, and i'm rich. >> what's interesting, louie c.k. told me once it takes about 15 years to get really really good. you were really really good pretty early, weren't you? >> i was -- >> not really really, but good. >> i was good, you know a club level of good pretty early. but, yeah it did taken 15 years for me to become you know a guy good enough to get on a charlie rose show, you know. i made money. >> or to get to be in your movie for god's sakes. >> or to get charlie rose in my movie. you know how good i had to be to get that? it does taken 15 years. you have to hit the highs and lows. >> and you have to have really lived. >> you have to have really lived for the audience to take that journey with you. >> thank you. >> thank you.
thanks for doing my movie. >> it's a pressure. >> it's our movie. we're always going to have this. we're always going to have this. >> he's so smart and so funny. actually you opened that movie, the crick ross movie. when i went to the premiere, norah norah, i was taking pictures. some who shawl remain nameless chris licht said it was annoying. i wanted to capture that moment. yeah, it was a moment. he's so smart and so funny. >> absolutely. and he achieves in his movie what i mentioned there. he's as good and directing and acting in a standup which says a lot. and rosario dawson is great in the movie too. >> very well done. >> it's in the theaters. "top five" is in the theaters. an american girl has a dream come true when she meets the pope. >> i'm excited and a little bit nervous just because it's like the pope. he's the closest thing to god, so i'm excited.
she's had nine rounds of chemotherapy. when asked if she could have one wish she said she wanted to meet the pope. allen pizzey has gracie's amazing story. >> reporter: at first glance this looks like nothing more than an average 11-year-old packing for your a trip but the trip isn't ordinary. neither is gracie west. >> i have no choice but to be strong. but you can choose to be happy and positive. it's helped me through. i say i have to keep going. and then other people won't thing like, oh i don't feel good, i just have to -- you can pick to be -- you can either be happy or sad. >> reporter: a year ago gracie was diagnosed with stage 4 fuehrer row blass toma. she's become an expert on things no child should have to think about. when people say what are you doing next week, i'm going for kimmo. i can't come to your birthday party. it's like the new normal.
>> reporter: try to imagine how abnormal that is for parents. you can't, sharon west said. >> no one said it's going to be fair. you can always ask why us, why this, you can always say why not you. getting angry, what is that really going to do? we have to really focus on the positive and what's our next step and different ways that we can do things to make a difference. >> reporter: gracie named her dog topie for her first cancer drug. a good catholic she prayed for strength. then along came make a wish the foundation that grants kids like gracie their fondest desire, which is how she found herself in a hotel in rome all dressed up to meet pope francis. >> i'm excited and a little bit nervous just because it's like the pope. it's like the closest thing to god, so i'm excited. >> enjoy.
ciao. bella. >> the parents got a seat but only she and her brother joe would be allowed into the exclusive area where they would be guaranteed to meet pope francis but when the moment came it wasn't like being in church. a person with no thought shove add gift at the pope. >> i finally put her forward to make sure she got the blessing. >> it worked. vatican tv caught the moment too. >> it's amazing because he's like the closest thing to god and like he gave me and joey a blessing is like crazy. >> the west family says faith has been a major factor thus far. gracie summed up the papal blessing this way. >> it's going make my faith stronger feel like. i people like it's going to help
me be stronger. >> helped by a fine lunch of pasta and fresh artichoke. a special treat for a very, very special little girl. for "cbs this morning," allen pizzey, rome. >> wow. >> beautiful shot. so wise beyond her years what she has to go through and learn at this age. >> and giving her hope. >> love how she said the pope is next to god. >> and she got to talk to him. you're watching "cbs this morning." we'll be right back.
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manager ed shikada is resigning. the police and firefighters forcing time for some news headlines. san jose city manager ed shikada is resigning. the police and firefighters union say the union is forcing him out claiming the move ends hope for better relations between the council and city employees. san francisco police are looking for a tree vandal. city supervisor scott weiner posted this video of a man ripping a branch off a newly planted tree. it happened around 5:30 a.m. last thursday on noe street. the lights will stay on at the bay bridge. a nonprofit raised $4 million to reinstall the display on the western span. next march the current lights will be taken down and replaced with sturdier l.e.d.s now with
the forecast, here's roberta. there is a beautiful view this morning from the transamerica building looking towards the golden gate bridge. mostly cloudy skies. we have had a few sprinkles here and there. that's your hi-def doppler radar. the frontal boundary is out of here and now we're looking at mostly cloudy skies. temperature-wise into the 50s. the winds are under 10 miles per hour. we'll continue to blow out of the south about 5 to 10 miles per hour during the afternoon hours. highs will be quite seasonal in the 50s and in the low 60s. we will have few sunny breaks today then an area of low pressure rolls into the bay area. it's tonight in the overnight hours. rain on friday, dry weekend, winter arrives sunday. traffic next. start a revolution with nespresso. a revolution in coffee quality with the finest nespresso coffee blends. a revolution in technology with unique centrifusion.
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