June 24 - Damage Control at the NSA; Where is Edward Snowden?; Freedom of the Press in Ecuador

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Part 1

We begin with an assessment of what the secrets might be that were cherry-picked from the NSA’s computers by Edward Snowden before he took then abroad on his computers and on his thumb drives and whether the Chinese and the Russians have already downloaded them. James Bamford, an investigative journalist who specializes in national security issues and wrote two books about the NSA, “The Puzzle Palace” and “The Shadow Factory: Inside the Ultra-Secret NSA, from 9/11 to Spying on America,” joins us to discuss the damage control now going on at the NSA. James Bamford


Part 2

Then, with the American fugitive Edward Snowden apparently delayed in Moscow on his way to Cuba then on to Ecuador where he has asked for political asylum, we look into the possibility that Snowden is being debriefed by the SVR, the Russian Foreign Intelligence successor to the KGB. A veteran reporter on intelligence Richard Sale joins us to discuss what might be going on in Moscow as the U.S. government warns Russian leaders not to jeopardize relations between the two countries by aiding and abetting a fugitive. richard sale


Part 3

Then, finally with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy and with representatives of Wikileaks escorting Edward Snowden on his way to asylum in Ecuador, we examine the state of press freedom in Ecuador and how that gels with the mission of Wikileaks, a group that champions freedom of the press and open access to government secrets. Carlos Lauria, the Senior Americas Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, who monitors press freedoms in the Americas, joins us. Carlos Lauria