July 2 - Is Julian Assange Now Speaking for Edward Snowden?; A KGB General on the Standoff in Moscow; Could a Deadly New Virus MERS Spread with the Hajj?

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With Bolivian President Evo Morales’s plane from Moscow diverted to Austria on the suspicion that Edward Snowden is aboard, and France and Portugal refusing to allow the Bolivian-bound flight to cross their airspace, we begin with a prominent human rights lawyer who has represented a variety of journalists and whistleblowers.  Scott Horton, a professor at Columbia Law School and a contributing editor at Harpers in legal affairs and national security, joins us. We will discuss the latest twists and turns in the Edward Snowden case and the extent to which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange now appears to speak for him. scott horton

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Then we speak with a former KGB General Oleg Kalugin, who was a long time head of KGB operations in the United States and later a critic of the KGB and Vladimir Putin. He joins us to discuss what effect the Snowden case has had on U.S./Russian relations and why Putin appears to be more interested in working with the Obama administration than against it, as Russia’s oil-dependent economy slows and the need for Western investment in Russia’s energy sector grows.

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Then finally, Dr Ian Lipkin, the director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University joins us. He is working with an international team of scientists investigating a deadly new coronavirus, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome or MERS. We discuss the outbreak in Saudi Arabia and whether MERS could be spread worldwide following the upcoming annual pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims from around the world.

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