Reports from Moscow say "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden has been granted the temporary asylum he's been seeking from Russian authorities. His next step would likely be to get permanent asylum from one of the nations that say they're willing to take him — Boliva, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Fifteen top posts at the Department of Homeland Security, including retiring Secretary Janet Napolitano's position, are now vacant or soon will be. Many are being filled on a temporary basis, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want the Obama administration to get busy filling those jobs, too.
The Russian lawyer for NSA leaker Edward Snowden predicts his client will soon get temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden and his allies say his laptops contain files that could be highly damaging to NSA operations. Security experts say it would be challenging but by no means impossible for Russian (or Chinese) cyber technicians to gain access to the files Snowden has with him, in spite of his promises to safeguard them.
A recent report found that doctors in California sterilized more than one hundred female inmates without taking the proper steps for consent. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Malika Saada Saar of the Human Rights Project for Girls.
Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the alleged leader of the brutal Mexican Zetas drug cartel, has been captured. But will the arrest make a difference in the country's drug violence? Host Michel Martin asks Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News.
There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.
The news comes a day after Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in the country and just after Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S.-Russian relations are more important than the Snowden case.
A federal judge has refused to stop the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay inmates on a hunger strike. David Greene talks to Carol Rosenberg, of the Miami Herald, who's just returned from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, where she's been reporting on the prisoners' hunger strike.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald said "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden collected thousands of documents to prove that what he is revealing is true. Some of them, Greenwald told The Associated Press, show exactly how the U.S. spy agency works.
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