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Pro-Morsy Demonstrators Flood Cairo; Moto X Review; African Union States Zimbabwe Election Fair, Credible; CIA Keeping Benghazi Mission Secret; White House Angered Over Russia's Snowden Decision; Gay Rights Advocates Angered Over Russia's New Anti-Gay Legislation; U.S. To Close Middle East Embassies Sunday
Aired August 2, 2013 - 8:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream.
Now the African Union says Zimbabwe's election was free and credible.
Now CNN has learned that several CIA employees were in Benghazi on the night the U.S. consulate was attacked. What were they doing there?
And we'll show you the game developed by the Chinese military set on islands disputed between China and Japan.
Now observes from the Africa Union say Zimbabwe's general election was free and credible. Now former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is heading the monitoring mission. And he says the polls may have had some irregularities, but he says nothing prevented what he calls the will of the people from expressing itself.
Now wire reports say observers from the South African regional body SADEC have also called the vote free. And they're urging all parties to accept the eventual outcome.
Now we are still waiting for complete official election results, but prime minister and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has already dismissed the vote as a farce.
Nkepile Mabuse is following the story from neighboring South Africa. She joins me now live from CNN Johannesburg. And Nkepile, the AU calls this election credible, but we know that independent election observers, they have called this vote quite the opposite and say that it's been tampered with. So why the discrepancy here?
NKEPILE MABUSE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Exactly, Kristie. But we must mention that both the African Union and the regional body SADEC observer missions have reserved their final judgment on the elections in Zimbabwe. In fact, the SADEC mission did not mention the words fair or credible in their assessment.
They were questioned by journalists what they thought of the election when it comes to credibility and fairness. And the observer mission said fairness is a very broad term and that at this stage, they would be jumping into conclusions if they called the election fair.
But what is critical here, Kristie, is SADEC has urged all the candidates and all the parties to accept the results. And in the leadup to this poll, SADEC supported Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC Party when they argued that conditions on the ground were not conducive to a free and fair poll. But at the moment, Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC don't have the support of SADEC in rejecting altogether this election, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, the final, official result is still days out. And Nkepile, in the event of a victory for Robert Mugabe, what's next for Morgan Tsvangirai?
MABUSE: Well, that's the big question in Zimbabwe at the moment. We must remember that Morgan Tsvangirai has been trying to unseat Robert Mugabe since 2002. He formed the Movement for Democractic Change in 1999 to dislodge Robert Mugabe. He has contested elections, three elections already. And on the ground, people are asking whether the MDC and Morgan Tsvangirai himself have what it takes to unseat one of Africa's longest serving rulers.
Take a look.
MABUSE: Even while the votes were still being counted, a familiar refrain from opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai.
MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, ZIMBABWE OPPOSITION LEADER: This has been a huge farce.
MABUSE: It's a line he has repeated for a decade, this election no exception.
He says it was again rigged in favor of his opponent President Robert Mugabe, and accusation Mugabe has vehemently denied.
But in the leadup to Wednesday's poll, Tsvangirai promised to supporters that this election would be different.
TSVANGIRAI: Mugabe stole the election in 2002. He stole the election in 2008. This time, we want to tell him you will not steal it again.
MABUSE: Now questions are being asked about whether Tsvangirai has the political acumen necessary to unseat one of Africa's longest serving rulers.
After a violent election in 2008, a former labor union leader was forced to form a unity government with Mugabe.
TSVANGIRAI: I share the same executive authority with Robert Mugabe.
MABUSE: But time and time again, Mugabe made it known exactly who was in charge. He unilaterally announced an election date, leaving little time for preparation. Tsvangirai appealed to regional leaders who agreed that conditions on the ground were not conducive to a free and fair poll. But again, Mugabe won.
ROBERT MUGABE, ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT: They ran with their proclamation to (inaudible) thinking that SADEC had the power. SADEC has no power.
MABUSE: Analysts say while co-governing with Mugabe, Tsvangirai may have got comfortable.
TSVANGIRAI: They maybe (inaudible) me.
MABUSE: He even made attempts to explain Mugabe's character.
TSVANGIRAI: He's trying to restore his legacy, a very positive legacy of saying I left the Zimbaweans talking and this is my end.
MABUSE: Now it appears Mugabe may be staying put and that the end may actually be Tsvangirai's.
MABUSE: Well, Kristie, Zanu PF, Robert Mugabe's party, has said that they have secured a landslide victory. Of course, their supporters D are elected, but millions of Zimbabweans are today very dejected D Kristie.
LU STOUT: Nkepile Mabuse reporting for us, thank you.
Now the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is lashing out at a high court ruling upholding his prison sentence for tax fraud. In a nine minute video rang, Berlusconi called Thursday's decision completely unfounded.
Now he cannot appeal the ruling, but it's unlikely he'll actually serve what is effectively a one year sentence, and that is due in part because of his age. He is 76. Now the bigger issue is whether he'll be able to stay in politics. The high court has ordered a lower court to reconsider whether Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office. He was initially sentenced to a five year ban.
Now Berlusconi is no stranger to scandal. Becky Anderson explores hi colorful love life and political career.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Scenes of celebration on November 12, 2011. Italians had just learned that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was stepping down. Many blamed their colorful leader for the country's economic woes and were also fed up with the scandals that plagued his 17 year political career.
Since he was first elected prime minister in 1994, Berlusconi has faced allegations of tax fraud, bribery and paying for sex with an under- aged prostitute that have reached the courts.
SILVIO BERLUSCONI, FRM. ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER (through translator): It is absurd to think that I paid to have a rapport with a woman. It is something that I have never done, not even once in my life. I find it degrading for my dignity.
ANDERSON: In fact, he's always denied every allegation against him. And in some cases, charges were dropped or he was cleared.
But in October last year, one charge stuck. Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud. Undaunted, the flamboyant 76-year-old businessman not only launched an appeal, but in December made two significant announcements: his engagement to Francesca Pascale and then his political comeback.
The three-time prime minister appealed to Italian voters by denouncing the unpopular austerity policies of technocrat Mario Monte.
For all of his critics, Berlusconi won almost 30 percent of the vote in February and remains an influential figure in Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government.
It's a union made all the more uneasy by Berlusconi's ongoing legal fight and staging of rallies like this where he accused the judiciary of bias, drawing cheers from supporters.
OPresident, we are with you,O they sing. OThank goodness, Silvio is here.O
Becky Anderson, CNN, London.
LU STOUT: And turning now to Egypt where a group supporting ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy is calling for a Million Man march form 33 mosques today. Now the call to action comes two days after the government authorized a crackdown on sit-in protesters in Cairo. The Interior Ministry has offered safe exit for those who leave quickly. But pro-Morsy protesters are still out on the street.
Now the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke about the situation in Egypt on Thursday. And according to reports, he said Egypt's military was effectively, quote, Orestoring democracy.O And he also said that their removal of Morsy was requested by millions.
Now a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood called Kerry's statements alarming.
Let's check in with Arwa Damon in Cairo. And Arwa, she's on the streets right now. Are you seeing the makings of a Million Man march?
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, people here (inaudible) absolutely no indication of paying any attention whatsoever to that government warning. You can hear them chanting Ogo al-Sisi,O referring to General al-Sisi, of course.
For the people here, they believe that this is actually their only option, their only course. They have been calling for this Million Man march, this is but one portion of it. We don't yet have an accurate idea of how many people have actually taken to the streets, but we do know that they continue to remain determined and defiant.
All of this put, Kristie, the interim government an incredibly difficult situation because they have to deal with those who are still at those various sit-in locations blocking off roads. But at the same time they need to find a way to manage the situation without causing even more bloodshed. And that is, of course, the great concern. The blood that is shed, the harder it is going to be for Egypt to actually move forward, move out of this current standoff that it finds itself in, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And while out there on the streets with all those protesters in this Million Man march, are you seeing any military helicopters? Are you seeing anything in terms of the security presence? Describe it for us.
DAMON: Well, yesterday there were military helicopters flying low briefly above both of the main sit-in sites. Today, so far I haven't been seeing anything of that nature, at least not from this vantage point that we're in. We haven't seen a beefed up military presence on the streets of Cairo, at least not where we have been on the ground. It doesn't yet seem as if one can visibly see this military buildup that would be an indication that a crackdown would, in fact, could actually be taking place.
That being said, the interim government did issue that warning. It did tell people to go home and that it would be guaranteeing them safe passage, many viewing that as being (inaudible) sign that this military- backed interim government was going to be carrying out this crackdown. Remember, they said they would issue a warning, then they said that they would use tear gas, then they said they would use whatever means necessary.
So people most certainly getting ready, the pro-Morsy demonstrators most certainly getting ready for what they're calling an inevitable crackdown.
But at this point in time, no visible signs of any sort of build-up by the police or by the military, Kristie.
LU STOUT: OK, no visible sign of any buildup of security. Could you describe the people around you? Who is taking part in today's march?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: as brothers. We are all Egyptians.
DAMON: Well, they believe that this is a statement that they're making. We've been hearing them saying down to Sisi, that they don't want to see this government in power. The people here most certainly do believe that this was a coup that took out deposed President Mohamed Morsy. They believe that it was completely unfair.
And we can hear D you know, this gentleman here saying right now, we don't like him. We don't want him.
People here feel-
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not from Muslim Brotherhood. I'm a normal Egyptian citizen here. And I went out to say no for anti D not for coup. We are all Egyptian here, you know. We are from Egyptian. You know, we from all Egyptian people are here right now.
DAMON: And there's a lot of people we've been talking to actually who say that they're not necessarily with the Muslim Brotherhood, but that they do feel that what took place was, in fact, a coup, that it was anti- democratic. And they're concerned about the precedent that that sets for the country.
At the same time, though, Kristie, this is a very complicated situation, because there are extreme religious undertones to what is taking place, a lot of the other people who are out here chanting, saying that they want to see something of a D more of an Islamic state versus a secular state. So you see this clash of ideals that is, you know, taking place as well.
The big issue, though, is that both of these sides D on the one hand you have the pro-Morsy demonstrators, on the other hand the security apparatus, the interim government. At this point, neither side looks as if it is going to be backing down. Neither side can really afford to back down. So of course moving ahead there's only going to be more bloodshed.
And it seems that anything that can actually be done to mitigate that is not actually happening. No one seems willing to compromise at this point.
LU STOUT: Who organized this march? And how big is it going to get?
DAMON: It is a loose organization that's called the Anti-Coup Pro- Democracy Alliance. Originally when they put out the call for it, it was coming out from 300 D 33, sorry, different mosques throughout Cairo. It's difficult to tell exactly how big it is, because we only have a vantage point on one part of the city. But people have been streaming past (inaudible).
This gentleman saying that it's about 5 kilometers long. And again that's only in one part of Cairo. So this Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy Alliance most certainly wanting to be out a Million Man march. We're going to have wait and see exactly what kind of estimate we can give when it comes to the accurate numbers.
But it is clear, though, that people are still determined to take to the streets no matter what the potential threat for violence there is, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right. Arwa Damon reporting, thank you very much indeed for that. Very vivid reporting. An update there from CNN's Arwa Damon live in Cairo on the streets there among the protesters taking part in this Million Man march all in support of the ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.
Now you're watching News Stream. And still to come, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has moved out of a Moscow Airport and the White House isn't happy about it.
A new Russian law has already caused spirited protest. And we'll tell you what the policies criticized by gay rights groups mean for athletes heading to the Sochi Olympics.
And CNN has recovered exclusive new information about what the CIA was up to on the night of the Benghazi terror attacks. The details coming up.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now Senior U.S. Senator John McCain says Edward Snowden's temporary asylum in Russia is a slap in the face to America.
Now officials in Washington are so angry, they are reconsidering a meeting between Barack Obama and Russian President Putin next month. Now Snowden faces three felony charges in the U.S. for leaking classified information about government surveillance programs. And his attorney says he left a Moscow airport on Thursday and is now staying in the Russian capital with Americans he met online.
His asylum documents mean that he can legally stay in Russia for one year.
And if Snowden decides to stay in Russia, a job opportunity has already opened up for him.
Now Matthew Chance is live in Moscow for us. He joins us now. And Matthew, tell us more about what life is like now for Snowden under temporary asylum there in Russia.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNAITONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, well his location, Kristie, is being kept secret at the moment. The reason for that, according to his lawyer, is that a lot of concerns Edward Snowden has himself about his health and his security because of the sensitivity of his predicament. He believes, according to his lawyer, that American intelligence officials may be chasing him and that's why his location is being kept secret at this stage with D you just reported this, but I'll restate it. It's understood he's living with, temporarily at least, an American citizen who lives in Moscow, somebody he met, according to his lawyer, online while he was coped up inside Moscow's Sheremetyevo's Airport for more than a month. The identity of that individual has not been made clear to us.
You're right as well to mention that job offer, because I expect what Edward Snowden will be doing now is assessing what his next moves will be, whether he intends to stay in Russia for the long-term -- it's been suggested by his lawyer that he may D or whether he intends to move on to another country. Remember initially he was trying to get to Ecuador in South America. Whether that still stands or not, whether he can travel on the documents he's ben given by the Russians is something we don't know yet.
But if he does stay in Russia, there has been a job offer, at least one, offered to him by a kind of internet mogul in this country who runs the Russian equivalent of Facebook. It's called In Contact here. He said that Edward Snowden may be interested in taking up a position in his St. Petersburg office, basically looking at protecting personal data, that's something that's an issue obviously close to Edward Snowden's heart.
But, you know, obviously no reaction yet from any of the Snowden camp at this stage on what he intends to do in the upcoming year. He's been given a year long asylum, remember, in Russia.
LU STOUT: All right, Matthew Chance on the story for us live from Moscow, thank you.
Now this woman has caught our attention, she has been by Edward Snowden's side since he revealed himself to be the source of leaks from the U.S. National Security Agency. Sarah Harrison works with WikiLeaks' legal defense team. And according to her profile on the anti-secrecy website, she is a UK citizen, a journalist and legal researcher.
Now WikiLeaks says that she helped Snowden leave Hong Kong back in late June.
And in this video from last month, you can see her here on the left. She is seated next to the NSA leaker as he met human rights campaigners in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
And in a statement made on Thursday, the group said that Harrison left the airport with Snowden to accompany him to a secure location.
Now White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the Obama Administration is extremely disappointed that Snowden is being allowed to stay in Russia. Now Dan Lothian is live in Washington with more.
And Dan, was the U.S. even given a heads up on Russia's decision.
DAN LOTHIAN, CNN CORREPSONDENT: White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that in fact the White House was not given a heads up, although a source did tell CNN that in private conversations there had been some indication that Russia was getting ready to make this move, but again no warning that in fact Snowden would be given this temporary aslyum.
So there's a lot of pressure on President Obama to get tough on President Putin coming from Capitol Hill, really a bipartisan chorus saying that this really is an embarrassment for all Americans, that this is a slap in the face, and that it's time for the president to show that there are consequences for these kinds of actions.
In the meantime, the White House says that the conversations will continue between U.S. officials and Russian officials as they make the case that there is a legal standing for Russia to return Snowden back here to the U.S. And then of course there are those outstanding questions as to what will happen with these upcoming summits in September. The president was scheduled to meet face to face with President Putin in Moscow in September, then of course there's the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Right now those are being evaluated. They're still on the schedule, but clearly a lot of things potentially in flux here as the U.S. decides how to react to Russia's move, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right, Dan Lothian there joining us live from the White House.
And just during that update by Dan, we were screening for the first time a new picture of the NSA leaker Edward Snowden. This photo was taken as he was leaving the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. And if you look closely, there's a big smile on his face.
Dan Lothian reporting earlier.
Now, the backlash against the controversial Russian law that bans the discussion of gay rights and relationships in front of children is gathering momentum. Now bars in the U.S. and around the world have dumped their stock of Russian vodka to protest the legislation. Now there have also been calls to boycott the 2013 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in the Russian city of Sochi.
But one gay athlete says that is not the answer. Kyung Lah reports.
KYUNG LAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Visible signs in Sochi as Russia prepares for the 2014 Olympic Games. Half a world away, short track speed skater Blake Skjellerup trains in his event physically and mentally. The only gay athlete known to be planning to compete in the games.
BLAKE SKJELLERUP, SPEED SKATER: I would say I'm a little bit worried, not so much afraid.
LAH: Not afraid despite the risk. Speaking via Skype from his training camp in Calgary, Skjellerup is well aware of Russia's intolerance of gays and lesbians.
New laws signed by Russia's president jails and fines people who express any support of equal rights for gays. Gay pride rallies banned. Police has the power to arrest anyone who appears to be spreading, quote, propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.
Despite the International Olympic Committee's assurances that athletes will be protected, Russia's sports minister, and a prominent lawmaker, say the new laws against gays and lesbians will be enforced even for visitors like Blake Skjellerup.
(on camera): What kind of statement are you making by attending the games?
SKJELLERUP: I think it's important to stand up to this. And I think it's important for somebody to say something and that person, at the moment, is me. I feel like there's a small responsibility on my part to voice my concerns.
LAH: Russia's laws have already sparked grassroots protests in cities around the world. The LGBT community in Los Angeles pouring out Russian Vodka into the street. Cultural politics and the Olympics have collided before. Black American Jesse Owens competed in the 1936 games in symbolic defiance of host Hitler's Nazi German regime.
In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics Americans Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised black fisted salutes in support of the black power movement.
For 2014, gay athletes have united under groups like Athlete Ally, saying power is to show up and not boycott the games.
Tennis champion and four-time Olympian Rennae Stubbs is a gay athlete and activist. And called Sochi 2014 the LGBT's era of civil rights.
RENNAE STUBBS, FOUR-TIME OLYMPIC ATHLETE: Well, to be there and to say hey, we're here, we're here to compete. We're as equal as everybody else. We want to go there, I think, as a gay athlete you want to go there and compete, but you also want to go there and compete and show everybody in the world that we're on level pegging with any straight athlete. It doesn't' matter to us.
LAH (on camera): We're now not just hearing from the athletes, but U.S. lawmakers are joining in on the fray. Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon says that he plans on introducing a resolution to the floor of the U.S. Senate that will oppose D say it opposes these Russian laws as well as call for the protection of the athletes as well as spectators who go to Russia for the games.
We should point out, though, that this is a resolution. It won't have any real teeth in Russia.
Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.
LU STOUT: Now, coming up on News Stream, several U.S. embassies in the Middle East have been ordered to close on Sunday due to a terror threat.
And new information regarding the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Stay turned for an exclusive report.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.
Now observers from the African Union say Zimbabwe's presidential election was free and credible. The head of the monitoring mission, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says any irregularities did not prevent the expression of the will of the people. Now it comes as a Zanu PF spokesman claims to Agence France Presse the President Robert Mugabe may have won up to 75 percent of the vote.
Now we are still waiting for official results from this week's election.
Now Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has made an angry video criticizing a high court decision to uphold his prison sentence for tax evasion. In this nine minute video, Berlusconi insists that the accusations against him are baseless. He says he feels his personal freedoms and political rights have been taken away from him.
And this just in to us, the U.S. jobs report for July has just been released. The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs last month. Now economists surveyed earlier by CNN Money had predicted a gain of 180,000 jobs. We'll have much more on the U.S. jobs report in the next hour on World Business Today.
Now the U.S. State Department has ordered several of its embassies in the Middle East to close on Sunday due to a terror threat. Now diplomatic facilities in Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia are among those affected. Now the State Department calls the closures a precaution. And one U.S. official tells CNN that the threat is credible and serious.
Let's get more on this story from CNN's Vladimir Duthiers. He joins me now live from outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. And Vlad, more do we know about this threat?
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kristie.
Well, we really don't know a whole lot, but what we do know is that these embassies are on heightened alert, because as you said that they D that the United States does have a sense that there is a credible threat to U.S. targets installations abroad.
Now they've decided to close most of these embassies worldwide on Sunday. I can tell you, though, that here in Tel Aviv, the United States embassy is normally closed every Sunday as D but in this particular case, the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, which has an American center, it's called an American center, it will actually be (inaudible) on Sunday. This Sunday, it will also be closed.
So while the embassy behind me is normally closed on a Sunday, other U.S. installations across Israel will also be closed, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And tell us to what degree is Benghazi and the attack that took place there? A factor weighing over these embassy closures?
DUTHIERS: Well, I think it probably plays a very, very big decision in deciding to close these embassies on Sunday. And we don't really even known how D you know, it's not clear as to when they will open if it Monday. We've asked the embassy here, embassy officials. They have no comment as to whether they will be open on Monday. State Department spokesman told me that D you know, in fact, what you see here is business as usual. If you look behind me, if you can see behind me nothing has really changed. There's not. We don't see any beefed up security. But the idea that the U.S. embassy was attacked in Benghazi, we lost Ambassador Chris Stevens, certainly weighs on the minds of the officials who have to make these decisions. And I think any time that they get a sense that there might be even a remote hint of a threat to U.S. targets abroad, I think right now they're airing on the side of caution, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Interesting embassy there, closed, but no visible beefing up of security there behind you.
Vladimir Duthiers joining us live from Tel Aviv, thank you.
Now the embassy closures, they come nearly one year after that deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. And our sources tell CNN that several people working for the CIA were on the ground that night and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever they were doing remains a secret.
Now Drew Griffin has this exclusive report.
DREW GRIFFIN, CNN INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agencies Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency's working.??The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress. It's being described as pure intimidation with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employees who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.
In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, writes, "you don't jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well." Another says, "You have no idea the pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation."??
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Agency employees typically are polygraph every three to four years never more than that.??GRIFFIN: The rate of this kind of polygraphing is rare, according to former CIA operatives including Robert Baer, now a national security analyst for CNN.??
ROBERT BAER, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: If somebody is being polygraphed every month or every two month, it's called an issue polygraph and that means the polygraph division suspects something or they're looking for something or they're on a fishing expedition. It's absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly or bimonthly or whatever.
GRIFFIN: In a statement from CIA Public Affairs Director Dean Boyd, the agency asserted its being open with Congress. The CIA has worked closely with these oversight committees to provide them with an extraordinary amount of information related to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, the statement reads.??"CIA employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want and that the CIA enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress. We are not aware of any CIA employee who has experienced retaliation including any none routine security procedures or who has been prevented from sharing a concern with Congress about the Benghazi incident.
Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission is just how many Americans were there? The night Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed. CNN has now learned that number was 35 with as many seven wounded, some seriously. While it's still not known how many of them were CIA.
A source tells CNN 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex believed to be run by the agency.??The lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives is disturbing to Congressman Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.??(on camera): What do you think is going on here? Is this an elaborate attempt to push it under the rug???
REP. FRANK WOLF (R), VIRGINIA: I think there is a form a cover-up and I think there is an attempt to push it under the rug. I think the American people feel the same way. We should have the people who were on the scene, come in, testify under oath, do it publicly and lay it out. There really isn't national security issue involved with regard to that.??
GRIFFIN (voice-over): Wolf has repeatedly gone to the House floor asking for a select House committee be set up involving several intelligence committee investigators assigned to get to the bottom of the failures that took place in Benghazi. More than 150 fellow Republican congressmen have signed his request and justice this week eight Republicans including senators and members of Congress sent a letter to the new head of the FBI asking he brief Congress within 30 days.??But no Democrats have signed on. In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, Wolf says he was contacted by people closely tied with CIA operatives and contractors who wanted to talk then suddenly he says there was silence.??
WOLF: Initially, they were not afraid to come forward. They wanted the opportunity and they wanted it to be subpoenaed because if they're subpoenaed, you're force to come before Congress now that's all changed.
GRIFFIN: Drew Griffin, CNN, Washington.
LU STOUT: Now, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan will likely end soon. Now Kerry's comments, they came Thursday at the end of his visit to Pakistan. He said U.S. President Barack Obama has a timeline for ending the strikes.
Now the State Department later downplayed those remarks. It says there is no exact timeline. And Kerry was simply expecting changes that the White House hopes to make over time.
Now the Pakistan government publicly opposes the strikes, which it says violate the nation's sovereignty.
Now all week, we've been looking at abusive behavior online. And ahead, we'll look at what you can do if you become a target.
And Google says its new Moto-X smartphone may not win any awards for its beauty, but it is very smart. See for yourself after the break.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
And this week on News Stream, we've been taking a close look at abusive behavior online. We told you about the bomb and rape threats sent to several female journalists and feminist campaigners on Twitter. And we also brought you the tragic story of this Italian teenager. Her family says that she killed herself after she was tormented by messages on Facebook.
Now more than 120,000 people have signed an online petition this week calling on Twitter to make it easier for its users to report abuse. Now the company says it has implemented a report abuse button on its iPhone app and the mobile version of its site. And it's working on rolling that out for Android and desktop web users as well.
Now let's bring in Laura Bates. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. She joins us now live. And Laura, we just want to get some practical advice from you. I mean, what should one do if one became the target of online abuse?
LAURA BATES, EVERYDAY SEXISM PROJECT: Well, a lot of people don't realize that many of the things that some of these recent cases particularly have brought to late are in fact criminal. So if somebody threatens you with rape online, as has happened this wee, if somebody threatens you, says that they're going to kill you, any direct threats like that you can and should report to the police. And they should be taken seriously.
When it comes to more abusive messages, which don't necessarily constitute direct threats, it's really important to make sure that they're reported to the social network or the platform that you're using. And really my very most important piece of advice I think would be to really try and make sure that there are none of your personal details on the internet, to try and make sure that your address, your phone number don't appear anywhere on your Facebook account or on any other kinds of profiles, whether it's MySpace or LinkedIn, because sadly one of the things that has been quite common recently is that when this abuse is escalated trolls have been finding the personal details, of women particularly, tend to be more the victims, women who have been targeted, and posting those online, which can have really severe consequences.
LU STOUT: Yeah, great advice there. You don't want to put your personal details out there. But also I'm really happy you made the point that a rape threat is a rape threat, it doesn't matter if it takes place in the real world or the virtual world.
Now we know that earlier this week, Laura, Twitter, after a lot of public outcry, they said we will add this report abuse button to tweets. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think that's good enough or do you want to see more from Twitter?
BATES: Well, as far as I understand it, at the moment I think the report abuse button just takes you to the set of forms that were already there that you already had to use to report abusive tweets before. And the problem with that is that there is a very long, cumbersome forms. They can take some time to fill in. And in many of these cases that we've seen this week, women are receiving 50 or even 100 threats and abusive messages every day.
So I think it would be helpful if Twitter were able to look at this maybe with a little bit more perspective of the context. And if, perhaps, there was more that they could do to realize when one specific person is perhaps threatening or spamming a lot of different accounts with these abusive messages, or when one person is closing down an account, setting up a new account and then using that account to carry on threatening.
So I would hope to see Twitter D I understand it's a really complex issue, but I do think they have a responsibility to take into account the safety of people using their platform. And what we are seeing now is that this issue is escalating to such an extent that it is threatening to squash the free speech of the women who might not feel able to use these platforms very much longer if they keep having such a very, very hostile and misogynistic environment.
LU STOUT: Yeah, online abuse directed towards women has really escalated to a very high degree this week. Why? I mean, why would a female journalist or a female activist or even an MP there in the UK even get rape threats and death threats online.
BATES: Well, I think it's partly because we're having a real resurgence of the feminist movement here in the UK at the moment. And a lot of this happened after a campaign succeeded in getting the Bank of England simply to agree to keep one historical figure on our bank notes, which seems like such a very mild thing, you know, not too much to ask. But I think for some people there's something very threatening about the idea of women standing up for themselves saying it's 2013, it's time for equality. And I think there's a lot of confusion.
I think some people don't listen to what these women are saying and they come away saying, oh these women hate men, you know, they want to take over. They want to subjugate men. And I think a lot of people feel very threatened by that, not listening to the actual message which is just that these women are standing up and asking for nothing more than just equality.
LU STOUT: Yeah, the women are standing up. And also the police down in the UK are taking this very, very seriously. We know that earlier this week the man who harassed Caroline Criado-Perez, she was the bank note campaigner, that troll he was arrested on suspicion of harassment. Do you think that will force others to take notice and say don't do this online?
BATES: Yeah, I hope so, because I think a lot of what we're seeing with this online abuse is an attitude of I can do this, because there's absolutely no kind of repercussions. And there's nothing you can do about it. And I can say anything I like to you. I can make you as scared as I like. And there's nothing you can do.
So I hope that some highprofile cases, where people have broken the law and do actually get caught and punished for it, might help to change that kind of status quo and deter some perpetrators in the future.
LU STOUT: All right, Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project, I thank you so much for that thoughtful discussion and those actionable to-do points so women can protect themselves in social media and online. Thank you and take care.
Now in other tech news, Motorola, they have finally unveiled their long awaited smartphone, it's called the Moto X. And Motorola says it doesn't aim to have the biggest or the best looking smartphone, but it wants to be the smartest.
Now CNN Money's Adrian Covert has this preview.
ADRIAN COVERT, CNN MONEY: This is the Moto X. It's Motorola's big phone for the year. And it's built around the X8 platform, which adds two extra processors to accomplish two things. You can use your voice to make calls, set alarms, set reminders, pretty much a lot of the normal day-to- day tasks without ever having to touch the phone.
The second thing it has are gesture controls, so when the phone is in a dead state you can move it just a little bit and it will automatically go into a preview mode. And you can pick it up from anywhere, give it a couple of turns, and it will automatically fire up the camera.
The phone also comes with a custom built assist app which will let you set a series of parameters like telling the phone to carry out certain actions when you are in the car and then it will automatically activate those without you having to do anything, which is also part of using the phone's two added sensors.
Another big thing Motorola is promising of 24 hours of battery life and that's not 24 hours of stand-by. It says using its set criteria of moderate use it can get an entire 24 hours. So if that happens, it's going to be a big deal for phones.
Moto X will be available at the end of August starting at $199 for the 16 gigabyte phone and $249 for the 32 gigabyte model.
The phone at face value doesn't do anything exceptional. It's the promise of what it can do in the future, the idea of contextual computing where it will know what to do before you know what you want to do, and if Motorola continue to develop that, then the X8 platform will be promising in years to come.
LU STOUT: Good review there from Adrian Covert of CNN Money.
Now another thing that makes Moto X unique is that it's assembled in the U.S. Now Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside explain the idea behind the design of the phone.
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DENNIS WOODSIDE, MOTOROLA MOBILITY CEO: The phone is completely customizable by the user. So this phone is actually made out of teak. And you can-
ERIC SCHMIDT, GOOGLE: By the why, that's real teak.
WOODSIDE: This is real teak. This is real wood. And if you think about phones, people are looking to phones as a fashion statement. And we've only been able to really been able to buy phones in black or white. So we're giving the consumer more choice. And as a side benefit, a lot of consumers in the U.S. would actually like to choose to buy a product that's made here.
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LU STOUT: And there's something else about the Moto X that stands out. Now they made no attempt to hide it before the official unveiling. And this picture of Eric Schmidt, using the Moto X, this was taken back in June. It's one of many glimpses of the phone that Motorola and Google have revealed over the last few weeks.
Now still to come here on News Stream, it might look like Call of Duty, but this shooting game was made by the Chinese military.
LU STOUT: All right. Three movies there I really, really, really want to see.
Now weather wise, here in Hong Kong it's clearing up, but it has been a very stormy day. Let's get the latest on Tropical Storm Jebi with Tom Sater. He joins us from the world weather center D Tom.
TOM SATER, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, along with the heat, too, that continues to built good weekend maybe to take in a movie. Let's take a look at the numbers. We know it's warm when Urumqi all the way to the north is at 34. Shanghai is at 30, shrouded in cloud cover. They only made it to 35. I can't believe I said that, but yes, 35. This is the 29th day this summer, and tomorrow a forecasting the 30th day. Remember, 1934, the warmest summer, they had 55 days at 35 or higher.
But this is the storminess Kristie was talking about, this is Jebi, this is a tropical storm. We're already getting report 200, 250 millimeters also on some of the islands here winds up to 96 kilometers per hour.
Notice the sustained winds down just a little bit. In the last 20 minutes, it dropped from 110 down to 95 getting some kind of a relationship with the landmass here, therefore trying to drop it. If it gets back up to about 120 it'll be a typhoon.
You can see where it is now. And this is why it's dropped in its winds. But I think once it makes its way over Hainan, it's going to be making its way toward northern Vietnam. And with that comes the wind. And then once the winds die out, it'll be mainly a rainmaker. 150, 250 millimeters can be expected from this, movement northwest at 26. So it's moving fast enough not to drop over 300 millimeters. And I think we will have some minor wind damage, but mainly this is going to be a rainmaker.
The story with the heat, however, will continue. These are Friday's highs. And even though Shanghai is at the bottom of the list at 35, it is still very oppressive. Many provinces still getting a lot of patience into the hospitals dealing with heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
High pressure bit concern. It continues to be the oven. And therefore the numbers will continue to be high and unseasonably warm as Shanghai looks at he mercury going in the other direction.
I've got to show Australia, because it's winter here, but it's also the warmest winter they've seen in some time. July now, the middle of winter, the warmest for areas of Canberra and Melbourne and Hobart. Above average water temperatures are adding to this. They've had their warmest day in Australia, their warmest, or warmest season. And if it continues, the month of August that is, we're going to see the warmest 12 month period as above average temperatures, Kristie, look like to be in the forecast for Down Under.
Amazing even in the middle of winter.
LU STOUT: Yeah, incredible, unusually high temperatures in many parts of the globe. Tom Sater there, thank you.
Now people in China, they finally have access to something that soldiers have had for years: they can play the military's own video game. Glorious Mission Online, it was released to the public this week. It was originally developed by the People's Liberation Army as a training tool.
Now the original version, it featured American soldiers as the enemy. But Glorious Mission Online pits Chinese soldiers against a different enemy: Japan. One of the game's levels is set on an island chain disputed between China and Japan. The game asks players to defend the Diaoyus, Islands known as Senkaku in Japan.
Now that might sound shocking, but it is not unusual in the gaming industry. For instance, Chinese troops, they feature as an enemy faction in Battlefield 2, which was developed in Sweden for an American company.
And the Chinese military isn't the only one developing its own game. America's Army is the game developed by, you guessed it, the U.S. army. It's designed as a recruitment tool.
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