WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor, predicted on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow's decision to grant his son asylum.
Last summer, Edward Snowden became an overnight sensation who leaked details about the National Security Administration’s (NSA) practice of massive and sweeping surveillance of Americans’ browsing habits.
NEW YORK — An American television host prompted outrage Friday after boasting online that she had killed a lion in South Africa.
Melissa Bachman, an avid hunter who produces programs on the American outdoors, posted a photograph on Facebook and Twitter of her holding a rifle and smiling beside the corpse of a large male lion.
“Incredible day in South Africa,” the self-styled “hardcore huntress” said of her pursuits at the Maroi Conservancy, adding: “Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion – what a hunt!”
OTTAWA – Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has been named 2013′s “most valuable” politician by The Hill Times, the weekly political publication of record in Canada’s capital. Trudeau finished ahead of Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In an unscientific online survey for the publication, Trudeau garnered 18.4 per cent of the vote in the value category, with May snapping up 10.2 per cent and Harper taking the bronze with eight per cent. The Hill Times said 135 people voted, up from the 117 votes cast last year.
The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
The Pulitzer for breaking news was awarded to The Boston Globe for its “exhaustive and empathetic” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed.
The Wall Street Journal has obtained a federal government report on the most recent background check of Edward Snowden by U.S. Investigations Services LLC, and the limited scope with which the company investigated Snowden's history is startling.