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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- The source behind a leak of a top-secret U.S. surveillance program has come forward. Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden is a former contract worker for the National Security Agency. In an interview with British journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian and filmmaker Laura Poitras, Snowden says he divulged the classified information because he felt the U.S. was going too far in violating people's privacy:
"While they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government or someone that they suspect of terrorism they're collecting your communications to do so. Any analyst at anytime can target anyone."
- There are many questions surrounding the leak. For one, how was Snowden able to do what he purportedly did? Another, what exactly does it mean for the intelligence and national security communities? Robert Richardson deals with digital security for governments and businesses. While the majority of digital data threats come from external sources, Richardson says someone internal, like Snowden, poses a real problem:
"When you've got somebody in a position of real access somebody you've really trusted with the important stuff they’re in a position to do a world of harm to you," he says.
- Nearly six months have passed since Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut and took 26 lives. That act, the killing of teachers and young children, shocked the nation. The community remains focused on healing. First Selectman Pat Llodra says the humanity exhibited by people in Newtown is special:
"I would like us to be remembered for being honorable in the struggle that we've had since December 14. That we were courageous. That we worked together, that we helped each other. That we recognized that we're all in this together."
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