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‘Is whistleblowing worth prison or a life in exile?’: Edward Snowden talks to Daniel Ellsberg
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:34:16 GMT

The two most famous whistleblowers in modern history discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers, the personal cost of what they did – and if they’d advise anybody to follow in their footsteps. Introduced by Ewen MacAskill

Daniel Ellsberg, the US whistleblower celebrated in Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, was called “the most dangerous man in America” by the Nixon administration in the 70s. More than 40 years later, the man he helped inspire, Edward Snowden, was called “the terrible traitor” by Donald Trump, as he called for Snowden’s execution.

The Guardian has brought the two together – the most famous whistleblower of the 20th century and the most famous of the 21st so far – to discuss leaks, press freedom and other issues raised in Spielberg’s film.

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Nuclear war became more likely this week | Robert Andersen and Martin J Sherwin
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:36:25 GMT

The Trump administration’s nuclear policy review loosens constraints on the use of nuclear weapons. We should all be worried

Too bad the book flying off the shelves isn’t the other one about “fire and fury”, The Doomsday Machine, Daniel Ellsberg’s startling volume about his life as a nuclear war planner. It is as riveting as the Michael Wolff book and several orders of magnitude more terrifying.

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Ellsberg shows how human extinction is integral to the nuclear design, and warns that the world has run out of time.

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US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more 'usable' warheads
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:43:06 GMT
  • New proposal is significantly more hawkish than Obama-era policy
  • Critics call development of new weapons ‘dangerous, Cold War thinking’

The Trump administration plans to loosen constraints on the use of nuclear weapons and develop a new low-yield nuclear warhead for US Trident missiles, according to a former official who has seen the most recent draft of a policy review.

Jon Wolfsthal, who was special assistant to Barack Obama on arms control and nonproliferation, said the new nuclear posture review prepared by the Pentagon, envisages a modified version of the Trident D5 submarine-launched missiles with only part of its normal warhead, with the intention of deterring Russia from using tactical warheads in a conflict in Eastern Europe.

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Trump takes credit for Olympics talks between North and South Korea
Sat, 06 Jan 2018 19:28:01 GMT
  • President open to talking with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
  • ‘If I weren’t involved they wouldn’t be talking about Olympics right now’

Donald Trump said on Saturday he was open to talking to Kim Jong-un and hoped good could come from negotiations between North and South Korea over this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Related: North Korea agrees to first talks with South in two years

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Pakistan summons US ambassador over Trump's 'lies and deceit' tweet
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:59:57 GMT

Diplomat asked to explain US president’s comments accusing the country of taking aid but failing to help fight terrorism

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador in a rare public rebuke after Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad with threats to cut aid over “lies and deceit” about militancy.

Pakistan’s foreign office summoned David Hale on Monday to explain the US president’s comments, according to media reports. A spokesperson for the US embassy in Islamabad confirmed the meeting took place.

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Trump drops climate change from US national security strategy
Tue, 19 Dec 2017 04:06:45 GMT
  • President outlined new approach in unprecedented White House speech
  • Obama administration added climate to list of threats to US interests

The Trump administration has dropped climate change from a list of global threats in a new national security strategy the president unveiled on Monday.

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Putin-Trump call: leaders hail US-Russian efforts to foil Isis bomb plot
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:03:06 GMT
  • White House says Trump ‘appreciated’ conversation with Russian president
  • Sunday phone call followed separate call about the economy on Thursday

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke for the second time in four days on Sunday, the White House said, and agreed that a CIA tip which helped Russia prevent bombings in St Petersburg was “an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together”.

Related: Trump not getting ready to fire Robert Mueller, president's allies insist

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US gives evidence Iran supplied missiles that Yemen rebels fired at Saudi Arabia
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:00:33 GMT

Nikki Haley said that evidence shows Iran providing supply of short-range ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels, a violation of a United Nations resolution

The US has presented evidence that officials said proved that Iran had supplied short-range ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen which were then fired at Saudi Arabia.

The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made the presentation at Bolling Air Force base in Washington, which is the headquarters to the Defence Intelligence Agency.

Related: Iran may have passed ballistic missiles to Yemen Houthi rebels, UN says

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‘Not much time left’ to solve North Korea problem without conflict, says Trump adviser – video
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:46:43 GMT

North Korea's attempts to develop long-range nuclear weapons pose the 'greatest immediate threat to the United States', White House national security adviser HR McMaster told the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday. While McMaster did say there are ways to solve the problem 'short of armed conflict', he added that 'there’s not much time left'


  • Risk of war with North Korea grows every day, says Trump's security adviser
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Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI as Trump-Russia inquiry takes critical step
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:40:14 GMT
  • Flynn ready to testify about contact between Trump campaign and Russians
  • ‘I recognize that my actions were wrong … I am working to set things right’

In a startling breakthrough for prosecutors investigating potential collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign, former national security adviser Michael Flynn announced on Friday that he was cooperating with prosecutors and ready to testify about Russian contacts.

After months of silence and invisibility, Flynn walked into a federal courthouse in Washington DC on Friday morning and pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. The plea was part of a larger deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and strikes at the heart of the Trump White House.

Related: Frame by frame: how the Michael Flynn-Russia saga unfolded

Michael Flynn is the fourth Donald Trump aide to face criminal charges in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and any alleged collusion.

Related: Jared Kushner questioned by Mueller's team about Michael Flynn, insider says

Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!

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