Photo: President Donald Trump delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, May 17, 2017. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for five years — to avoid being arrested to face charges of rape in Sweden. Today, Swedish authorities said they're dropping the case. Speaking from the balcony of the embassy, Assange told reporters, "Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. That is not something that I can forgive. It is not something that I can forget." Steven Erlanger, London bureau chief for the New York Times, explains why Sweden dropped the investigation and why Assange is remaining in the embassy.
Every administration is subject to leaks of information, but the Era of Donald Trump is setting some kind of record. The President portrays himself as a victim, telling reporters, "The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, I can always talk for myself – and the Russians, zero. I think it divides the country." But this week began with news that he was the leaker of intelligence secrets to Russia. Since then, reports about Israel, Turkey, James Comey and Michael Flynn have been attributed to "anonymous sources." Who are they? What do they want? Leaks can be self-serving, even against the law or a threat to national security. Are they, sometimes, necessary reinforcement of the people’s right to know?
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post / New York University (@mlcalderone)
P.J. Crowley, George Washington University (@PJCrowley)
Pete Hoekstra, House of Representatives (former) (@petehoekstra)
Julian Sanchez, Cato Institute (@normative)
Have you ever traveled abroad, fallen in love with a country and dreamed of returning — as a foreign correspondent? Jeffrey Gettleman has made that dream come true. In the early 1990s, he visited Kenya as a "frat boy" from a university in the Ivy League. Now he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, living in Nairobi with his wife and two children. His new book is Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War and Survival.
More From To the Point
Ronen Bergman on Israel’s targeted assassinations Israeli intelligence agents now admit Palestinian leaders have been officially targeted for assassination--2700 times. Author Ronen Bergman talks about the unusual assassination tactics and how he recently challenged the Prime Minister of Poland over the country’s role in the Holocaust.
Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
3 reasons why your commute between Ventura and Santa Barbara has gotten even worse It’s been over a month since deadly mudslides washed through Montecito and shut down Highway 101 for weeks. But, even though the highway is now clean, open and back to… Read More
Vote: What should we answer next? We’ve looked at the history of the Nike missile base, found out about the empty land near LAX, and answered many of your marijuana questions. Now you get to vote!… Read More