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There have been more revelations of National Security Agency spying on foreign leaders. The online contact lists of Americans have been scooped up by the millions, and it’s all from the files Edward Snowden took from the NSA before fleeing to Russia. American whistleblowers have presented him with an award. Does he deserve prosecution or protection?

Banner image: People use masks with pictures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden masks during the testimonial of Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who first published the documents leaked by Snowden, before a Brazilian Congressional committee on NSA's surveillance programs, in Brasilia August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Making News Human Rights Groups Report on Civilian Casualties in U.S. Drone Strikes 7 MIN, 37 SEC

The Obama Administration says civilian deaths from America’s drone strikes have been rare. But two human rights groups, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say they have documented dozens of casualties in Pakistan and Yemen.

Craig Whitlock is a Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Craig Whitlock, Washington Post (@CraigMWhitlock)

Today's Talking Point China’s “Airpocalypse” 7 MIN, 6 SEC

“Airpocalypse” is a term coined last year in Beijing. In this city of Harbin, China this week, fine particulate matter in the air is estimated to be 20 times higher than safe levels. The World Health Organization says it’s enough to shorten people’s lives. 

Jennifer Turner is Director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Guests:
Jennifer Turner, Woodrow Wilson International Center (@TheWilsonCenter)

Main Topic Edward Snowden’s Revelations Keep On Coming 36 MIN, 29 SEC

New disclosures from National Security Agency files show contact lists from Americans’ e-mail and instant-message accounts are being scooped up. More and more countries are outraged by news that their top officials were spied on. We now know the NSA helped the CIA find targets from drones. 

Last week Edward Snowden said he wants to help the US and protect its citizens, and a group of whistle-blowers went to Russia to give him an award. We’ll update the latest uncovered secrets and hear different views of Snowden, the fugitive leaker who’s trying to craft his own public image.

Guests:
Shane Harris, Daily Beast (@ShaneWHarris)
Philip Golub, American Universitiy of Paris
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)
Ray McGovern, Co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Joshua Foust, reporter (@joshuafoust)

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