June 23 - Russia's Role in Snowden's Escape From Extradition to the U.S.; Hong Kong's and Possibly China's Role in Snowden's Exit; Will Unhappy Netroots Nation Activists Support Democrats in the End?

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Part 1

We begin and go to Moscow where the fugitive from the NSA Edward Snowden is, apparently in transit on his way to Cuba, then on to Ecuador. Moscow-based defense analyst, columnist and journalist Dr. Pavel Felegenhauer joins us to discuss Russia’s role in helping Edward Snowden escape extradition to the U.S. and how this might effect the already frosty relations between Moscow and Washington. pavel felgenhauer


Part 2

Then we go to Hong Kong to speak with Patrick Poon who is the Executive Secretary of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, of which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was previously president. We discuss China’s possible role in leaning on the Hong Kong authorities to let Snowden go, a charge made by Senator Feinstein, and how much the Chinese government benefited from the leaks coming from Snowden that they have uses to portray a regime that not only spies on its citizens, but brutally represses them, as a victim of cyber attacks, as opposed to a perpetrator of them as the U.S. charges.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into the toll that the public outrage over the revelations of the NSA spying on Americans has taken on President Obama’s poll numbers. Simon Rosenberg, the President and Founder of the New Democratic Network, joins us to discuss the extent of irritation at the president expressed by liberal activists at the Netroots Nation gathering underway and how that might affect Democratic turnout in the 2014 elections.

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