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it was. breaking news and i'll see over three weeks after touching down in moscow and i say whistleblower edward snowden finally submits a request for temporary asylum in russia according to lawyers. seven people are killed and over two hundred injured during the latest violence overnight in egypt as bikers of the ousted president morsi clashed with police. and he denies claims israel used one of its military bases to launch a strike on syria a report based on r.t. songs. this is as he carries you live from moscow hello and welcome to the program. cia
leaker edward snowden is officially request temporary asylum here in russia according to a lawyer who's been working with him they whistleblowers been stranded in a moscow airport for over three weeks now and that's now get the details live from his andrew farmer andrew nice to see you so what do we know about edward snowden status right now well as we heard on friday he had asked that well he had said that he would apply for political asylum but we were still waiting for that to be official and now today his lawyer has come out and said he has lodged that cation it is worth noting that except of preconditions from rust russia in order to put forward this application they were importantly he would no longer issue information that would damage the united states i.e. he would not leak the documents that might damage the u.s. government and his lawyer has said there are many good reasons why he should be
granted temporary political asylum within russia. but mr snowden. is being persecuted for political reasons. secondly. in the united states still have capital punishment in russia reuters. extra individuals. should. keep its electoral cheer. for years. now as we understand it will take around three months to assess his temporary asylum but in the meantime he will be issued documents which will have allowed him finally to leave the transit zone of moscow's sheremetyevo airport although those documents still to be issued but that should happen shortly as we understand it's also worth noting that this is part of
a much wider plan for edward snowden he hopes to use this temporary asylum in russia to allow him to travel on to latin america where he has been offered in principle asylum in three countries if any is way lower. and bolivia and nicaragua so that's something to bear in mind when he's applying for this this is only a temporary solution to the problem the much wider problem has not been solved as yet mr putin took the opportunity to stress that he felt that russia was still not to blame for the fact that edward snowden is now entering its fourth week in that transit zone a sheremeta airport and he said that the blame really should lie at america's door and these are the reasons he gave. you know i'm not sure. we didn't invite edward snowden and russia wasn't his final destination anyway he was in transit but as soon as he began his journey his route was revealed in our us
partners effectively blocked us for their flight they even made other countries afraid of taking him no one wants to so he ended up blocked on our territory. so he also said that he hopes edward snowden would be leading the first opportunity to appear is the first forward step has been made to make that happen edward snowden a lawyer has said has now officially large an application for temporary asylum within russia he then expects there to be reviewed over the next three months and in the meantime he will be given documents to allow him to travel within russia and finally leave leave that transit zone at moscow's sheremetyevo airport way he has been for the last three weeks. farma live from central moscow andrew thank you very much indeed for that update and let's not discuss smadar now with john locke learned he is the director of studies at the institute of democracy and
cooperation mr marquand welcome to see it so president putin said that snowden will leave russia when opportunity presents itself but how is it possible technically but is it realistic considering that the u.s. they're willing to ground any play actually to get their man. it is really is to guess because once his legal status becomes clear in russia then he can process his application for asylum or more permanent residence in venezuela all in another latin american country tree as we know those countries as well certainly have offered him asylum and his problem in moscow in the transit lounge was simply that he couldn't avail himself of that offer because he was stuck in a legal limbo and so his goal in applying for the temporary asylum in russia is simply
to get himself out of legal limbo and of course out of the airport and as i remember one of russia's condition for snowden's asylum was no more harming and damaging. but he's already actually handed key documents to other journalists does that mean that those journalists can freely this information to. no i mean i think he is in an impossible situation he doesn't want to cease his activity he wants to carry on campaigning. recognise that in his very first remark about the case some weeks ago when he said that he didn't think it was likely that snowden would agree to stay in russia because of the condition in which putin was going to impose but it's clear now that the solution has been that he will. agree to forbear at least that's what we understand he will agree to forbear releasing any more information for his policies on russian territory the russians as your reporter just said did
not want to seek this outcome they didn't intend snowden to come to russia he happened to be tracked and sitting through moscow just as many people transit through a country without ever intending to stay there and so i understand this quite simply really as a technical means by which he can as i say get out of legal limbo. and make progress on his applications will nominate residents that's to say for asylum in latin america. do is saying snowden's revelations have had an impact or are people more concerned about their way here and up and the political situation around his asylum. so i think they've had an it impact i mean they haven't had an impact as far as we can tell yet for example transatlantic relations in an earlier interview with you i pointed out that the european union governments are hand in glove with the americans on spying they share intelligence they spy on their own citizens in the same way and so their expressions of up rage are in my view fake
but of course it's had a huge effect in you know international public opinion as a whole people now know that there is this massive espionage program emails and so on are being spied on all this in the name of the war against terrorism and for as long as he remains in the headlines i think that people will continue or at least people will continue to remember that message. there's been a promise of even more revelations should anything happen to snowden but from your point if he were more could he possibly really. like obviously don't know i mean we assume that he has released the bulk of his information already and having of course left his job he no longer has access to the same kind of information that he may have had before i mean i'm not privy to him i've no idea what he may or may not have but i i don't see that he had any an
interest in keeping information behind i mean he's he's given the most important information already and that's why i think frankly it was not all that difficult for him to get the scream and that he seems to have given to the russian authorities. john mclaughlin and from the institute of democracy and cooperation thank you very much indeed for your time. when. stability remains elusive in egypt with at least seven people killed and over two hundred sixty injured in overnight clashes between police and supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsi these street battles happened as a senior u.s. official visited egypt for the first time since the move the troops who are over truth is at this scene in cairo nice to see you as always so more arrests and clashes overnight as a senior official is visiting cairo right now what's going on there.
well absolutely once again the egyptian streets erupted into these very violent and chaotic street battles between supporters of the ousted brotherhood leaned on the security forces which actually continued into the early hours of this morning and we have heard that people have died hundreds have been injured in the latest is that over four hundred people have been arrested in connection with this sort of alter cations what's actually happened was that it took place in tutor cations across the capital one very close to i'm standing here in tahrir square and ramses supporter of mohamed morsi has left the city and the city basically confronted security forces responded with tear gas the protesters threw back the rocks spread into the side streets burning whole neighborhoods to a standstill meanwhile in another city in support of more see. which is across the river from where i am right now. these violent street battles are actually codes of between residents as well as protest this with many people
fearing that with the support of morsi refusing to step down a notch according to escalation many people are fearing this is going to get was some are going to see more of these very bloody deaths we've had almost a hundred people killed now since the ouster of mohamed morsi people feel this is going to keep continuing so against the backdrop to this very violent situation here in egypt top official bill burns the deputy secretary of state has visited egypt he is the first major fishel from america to come post the toppling of mohamed morsi he reportedly was here to meet meeting officials including the president interim president. and also civil society leaders and business leaders now washington said the purpose of his visit was to underscore u.s. support for egypt and also pushing for the end of violence and a transition towards sort of civilian democracy what we are seeing at the moment here in egypt is possibly a movement to. towards the west from this interim government as the latest
appointments have been mohammad and by the day of meeting opposition figures with very good relations with the us he's now vice president foreign affairs in addition the foreign minister is the egyptian imo the former egyptian ambassador to the us he of course is very well regarded in the u.s. these people people are saying here is a nod from the interim council towards the u.s. the u.s. for their part are making very cautious in the way that labeling what's happened in the last two weeks but what they're saying is the latest it's is a spokes person in the in the white house who said that they were against political tensions and they refused to name mohammed morsi as that but it's going to take me specifically saying you know even though he was arrested in me off being ousted and kept incommunicado for the last few weeks. from the beginning they've expressed concerns about the religiously motivated tensions including of president morsi can you say that i think i just said it man i think when you say the name you use his name. the question was do we agree with the call of the germans and i said yes our
decision is the same but why i welcome your mat i'm not playing this game and it's not. well as you can see here that you know she's refusing to say the word mohamed morsy even though there are people here who actually against the ousted leader who believe that he is being held as a political prisoner and you are supposed to be very careful about the use of the word coup the military coup which is something that other nations. the military here for doing this would be because of course this would affect u.s. assistance to egypt that one point five billion dollars assistance they give to the army if this is unable to carry so you could be having a very cautious movement from the u.s. who are you know reaching out to the interim government refusing so far to meet with any. supporters of the ousted leader and at the same time maintaining
a kind of cautious reaction to the military behavior the last few weeks and so she's bound true live from cairo well many thanks indeed for that report. report based on information from a reliable source claiming israel used its hackish military base to launch a recent a strike on syria on korea's also condemns the media for even mentioning the report is correspondent latest. the turkish foreign minister is saying to quote him it is absolutely wrong and he's accuse those of spreading the story of an act of betrayal is it that turkey will never be a partner nor a part of such attacks and that the ones who claim this one to damage turkey's power and reputation he slammed turkish media for even mentioning the report now we approach the israeli defense forces for a second time asking them to comment their reply was that the response has not
changed since the earlier on so and that is that they refused to comment on the issue we never got a reply from the prime minister's office there we just received an e-mail response to our request saying that they will not be participating in our broadcast we also never got a reply from the foreign affairs ministry a reminder of what we actually know at this stage a reliable source told r.t. that israel use a turkish military base to help stage the recent air strike on the syrian city of latakia now what we know is that it was a pre-dawn attack it happened in early july the tukey is a key syrian ports not far from a russian base they were several syrian troops who were reportedly killed and wounded in that attack the r.t. sources tell us that israeli planes left that military base in turkey and approached latakia from the sea and this was to make sure that they were not inside
syrian airspace and so that they could not become a legitimate target of the syrian air force what is important is that the attack originated on the turkish side of the border and revelations that turkey may in fact be copulating with israel against an arab country would indeed be for lack of a better word highly inconvenient for turkey itself and for its nato allies including the united states you need to remember that turkey positions itself as a key power player and a regional why. well of israel. still ahead for you this hour and it's our laws grant u.k. border police sweeping new powers they have the right to confiscate mobile phones from travelers trying to enter britain without any justification the details are coming your way very shortly. three days of violent protests that's how signs across the u.s. have responded to the controversial acquittal of neighborhood watch guard george
zimmerman unarmed black teenager trayvon martin last year but the jury decided it wasn't second degree murder and set him free. also to rally in new york. new yorkers are now back on the streets for us say. justice for trayvon rallies to protest and militia even says they're outraged with anger of course you have all of the george zimmerman we all know that more than eight hundred thousand people have signed their name position that was put forth by the. call on you for the u.s. justice department to open it up prosecution against george zimmerman on civil rights charges. as as we see that the anger and the outrage is still boiling from coast to coast seems like now that that this verdict has been rendered it
feels like it's open season like we all have a target on our back not just from the police we don't just worry about the police now have to worry about some crazy races person killing us and claiming self-defense you know i think it strikes home because here in new york even though it's such a diverse city we still you know see that kind of racism and discrimination on a day to day basis there's a heavy police presence right now so. the reality is. so far demonstrators have spilled out of the union square park and are walking through . manhattan below the park and of course they are surrounded by police officers on the street let's pan over there to show us a police officers on motorcycles and police officers on foot clearly the crowd is very aggravated an incredible injustice only you can laugh but everyone around us like a black man thank you thank you actually got our freedom wait a day you know i think that just trying to voice their opinion on just the black
and white thing is not just because trayvon was a little black boy it's it's it's that the sickness here in america you know which you know it gets to decide who it's dangerous and who's not following three hours in the boot. using feet demonstrators were still walking through new york city demanding justice and dozens of police officers by their side as sporting reporting from new york marina. the state of california has something some of the ones to bonding process go to alter dot com to see what's been happening there all the details on the best pictures from los angeles and oakland are waiting for you that under more news coming your way after the break to stay with us. exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman got killed. here's lakers when i got arrested for. for
a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results you get innocent people to confess the police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off the table they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said.
this is all he will combine trains cancelled flights. disrupted and hospitals left with just a mattress to stop in greece walk is across the country how worked out in a fresh and general strike against austerity thousands have taken to the streets in athens unhappy at severe job cuts and international lenders won't even more that's got the latest now from. the greek capital for us nice to see you grow that another wave and to stare at the protest again in greece tell us more about that. while public workers are still considered to be the foundation of the greek economy and as the troika its creditors demand that the government cuts up to twenty five thousand jobs before the end of this year otherwise they see greece isn't going to get its latest financial aid package of over six billion euro teachers doctors bus
drivers municipal police airport workers and many others have taken to the streets of athens and have gone on a general strike gathered in front of the fallen building demanding that. they do not take these measures and while greece has been in recession for the past six years unemployment is at twenty seven percent many do work officially but don't get paid two out of three graduates can't find a decent job so the situation here is very bad despite all this financial aid from the earlier i spoke to one of the organizers of this strike was said it's not only the problem with the government itself the whole system has to be changed in order for things to improve. we are for three years now on the street trying to explain to everybody to the government or to do to the lenders that it is not an effective policy we have facing all these musicians but at the same time we
can see the economy reduce you more poverty do more and more and dramatically rising off unemployment people and that the same time when. the people and the society needs more welfare state we're losing it to day by day we have to change this policy and the government it's time now to say stop with all these measures and we hope that this is there that they will not vote today in the parliament about a new package which leads to more austerity. is going to all that i live in or many thanks indeed. to the u.k. now where inspection and border control might now go further than just x. raying your luggage police now have the power to simply confiscate travelers mobile phones and check all the data on them. explains this is one of the most visited countries in the world and right behind me one of the busiest airports but one many
travelers may not know one till they actually get to where you can airport or any other port of entry is the fact that police can actually use anti a counter-terrorism laws to take more vile from us from anybody they want to and go through that private data download and store them now this kind of information would include a call history contacts photos who the person may have been communicating with through texts or e-mails although not the actual content of the messages now there doesn't even have to be any reasonable suspicion for a police officer to take a mobile phone and keep the information for quote unquote as long as necessary at the u.k. telegraph reports that up to sixty thousand people a year are stopped and examined as they enter or return to the u.k. we did get in touch with the scotland yard and they sent us this statement that they said that under the terrorism act of two thousand a person may be detained and questioned for up to nine hours to determine if that
individual is a person concerned of the commission preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism they also refuted that the use of such powers are proportional of appropriate and that they are if they have oversight or by independent reviewers case anti terror laws whoever reviews that are being conducted have highlighted the broader nature of such powers and there have been calls for more safeguards to prevent any abuse of power now we spoke with the freedom association to discuss more on the issue in a democracy the starting line really should be that a private individual has a right to privacy if that right is being sued by the state it must be. because there's a good reason to do it so is it proportional is it in public interest. is it is it being done through proper parliamentary oversight these questions have to be asked and that's why bad is the line that we need to look out for so just to say we're going to glean information for anybody and hold it for as long as the police
deem necessary really isn't acceptable. under now website for you right now scandal hate acts on love have strauss kahn comes out of the shadows to work for a russian bind is beginning his comeback in the world of finance by joining the board over of an institution owned by state oil company while steps all the details are starting to call. another feet away online your own could be a. spy station it's been claimed that devices sold by a provider of arisan allow users to eavesdrop on other customers of the phone tree . and up next the man who makes the blood of the big bankers creep it's time for max kind as a and his reporter just out of this break.
or remember those old wacky communist countries who constantly boost their numbers to make themselves feel better or who cares if stores aren't the end this piece of paper a one hundred thousand tons of potatoes good is good enough for me well now we are in a new age of technology but the same lying to make yourself feel good is still going strong it just moved over to the capitals world the u.s. state department's bureau of international information programs has spent six hundred thirty thousand dollars on facebook advertising campaigns to get fans. and so sure the government is out there to buy likes or what a fantastic use tax dollars but wait maybe i'm being too pessimistic perhaps it worked and really helped spread the message of the us state department effectively wellness victor general's report says that since the advertising campaign started twenty eleven there has been a dramatic increase in users liking state department sites but the problem is that
only two percent of them actually use the sites so you get what you pay for a big bag of likes but few hardcore fans probably the most shocking example is a vision of america group in farsi made for rain yes which has gotten over four hundred twenty thousand members but only one percent of them is actually in iran where facebook advertising doesn't even exist that's effective getting lots of likes doesn't mean you are actually reaching people instead of paying for them why not you know get them naturally bar by providing interesting honest content on a regular basis oh wait that takes effort and honesty yeah you know what just keep wasting our tax dollars but that's just my. technology innovation all the developments around russia we've got the future covered.
as a report i max guys are you know before the two thousand and four indian ocean tsunami all creators of the basic instinct or a sixth sense able to read the environment in which they lived had long fled elephants screamed and ran for high ground monkeys hollerin climbed a tree is dogs refused to join their owners for the morning swim. humans on the other hand ran out into the receding sea to take photographs of the unusual event having no fricken common sense whatsoever about what was about to happen to them today we have the same.