Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 7th 2015 Contents John Oliver sat down
with National Security
Agency contractor turned
Snowden on HBO's Last
Week Tonight for a wide-
ranging interview that
was funny and, at times,
Oliver, who flew to
Moscow to conduct the
interview, grilled Snowden
on the leaked documents.
"How many of those documents have you
actually read?" Oliver asked Snowden.
"I have evaluated all of the documents that are
in the archive," the 31-year-old former CIA
systems administrator said. "I do understand
what I turned over."
"There's a difference between understanding
what's in the documents and reading what's in
the documents," Oliver countered.
"Because when you're handing over thousands
of NSA documents, the last thing you'd want to
do is read them."
The comedian and former Daily Show
correspondent pointed out that Snowden's
actions led to the disclosure of sensitive
information beyond the NSA's controversial
government surveillance programme, including
the revelation that the United States was
monitoring al-Qaeda in northern Iraq.
"The New York Times took a slide, didn't
redact it properly, and in the end it was possible
for people to see that something was being used
in Mosul on al-Qaeda," Oliver said.
"That is a problem," Snowden conceded.
"Well, that's a f---up," Oliver declared.
"It is a f---up, and those things do happen in
reporting," Snowen said.
"In journalism, we have to accept that some
mistakes will be made. This is a fundamental
concept of liberty."
"Right. But you have to own that then," Oliver
said. "You're giving documents with information
you know could be harmful, which could get out
Snowden appeared to pause before offering a
Oliver asked Snowden---who has been living in
asylum in Russia for more than 18 months---if he
misses America, specifically Hot Pockets and
"the entire state of Florida."
"Yes, I miss Hot Pockets very much," Snowden
replied. (Florida? Not so much.)
Asked if the spy agency was collecting racy
photos of Americans' private parts.
"The good news is there's no programme
named 'The D--- Pic Program,'" Snowden said.
"The bad news is they're still collecting
everybody's information---including your d---
pics." (Yahoo News)
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lamist Boko Haram militants
disguised as preachers killed
at least 24 people in an at-
tack in northeast Nigeria s
The attackers arrived in
cars late on Sunday and
gathered people at a mosque
in the remote village of
Kwajafa, pretending to
preach Islam. They then
opened fire on them, a wit-
The group s six-year in-
surgency, and President
Goodluck Jonathan s failure
to end it or protect civilians,
were factors in the victory of
Muhammadu Buhari in last
week s election.
The group fighting for an
Islamic state has killed
thousands and kidnapped
hundreds, although a mili-
tary operation against them
by Nigeria and neighbours
Chad, Cameroon and Niger
in the past two months has
wrested back much of the
territory it controlled.
In Kenya s deadliest attack since 1998,
148 students and staff were killed on the
campus of Garissa University College on
Thursday. The country s Interior Ministry
said on Sunday that one of the four gun-
men was the son of a Kenyan government
official, whose father had reported him
missing in 2014.
The attack comes over a year after the
2013 Westgate shopping centre killing, which
left 68 people dead in Nairobi. The Somali
Islamist group al-Shabaab has claimed
responsibility for both attacks.
As the country tried to make sense of the
attack, a Kenyan woman named Ory Okolloh
created a hashtag on Twitter: #147notjus-
tanumber. The number of victims was still
being counted when the hashtag was
She told the WSJ via direct message on
Twitter that the hashtag was "an effort to
humanise victims of terror."
Tom Vandenbosch, who lives near Brus-
sels, Belgium, used the hashtag to share
thoughts and images of students who were
He did not know any students personally,
but he lived for in Kenya for ten years and
says he still has many friends there.
"I am just trying to do my bit by human-
ising the number," he said via Twitter direct
message. "The young people who were killed
all had names, faces, friends, family, dreams
Other Twitter users have used the hashtag
to share thoughts and images of people the
Twitter users said were victims of the
The hashtag #147notjustanumber has
been used over 14,000 times since Saturday,
according to the social media analytics site,
The use of hashtags to organise discussion
on Twitter has become a common practice
in the wake of tragic events: #BlackLives-
Matter, #IllRidewithyou and #YesAllWomen
are examples of social media conversations
in recent years.
NEW YORK---The University of Virginia
fraternity chapter at the centre of Rolling
Stone magazine s retracted article A Rape
on Campus said yesterday that it planned
to sue the magazine for what it called
"reckless" reporting that hurt its reputa-
The chapter of Phi Kappa Psi said in a
statement that it would pursue all available
legal action, a day after a team from the
Columbia University Graduate School of
Journalism concluded the magazine failed
to follow basic journalistic safeguards in
publishing the story.
"Clearly our fraternity and its members
have been defamed, but more importantly
we fear this entire episode may prompt
some victims to remain in the shadows,
fearful to confront their attackers," Stephen
Scipione, the president of the fraternity
chapter in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in
Rolling Stone did not immediately respond
to requests from Reuters for comment.
Lawyers with expertise in libel and
defamation law have been divided on
whether Phi Kappa Psi or its members at
the university were in a strong position to
Scipione said Rolling Stone researched
its story recklessly and failed to verify accu-
A spokesman for the fraternity said he
did not know what would be in the planned
lawsuit, or when the fraternity s lawyers
would file it. (Reuters)
Boko Haram disguised as preachers kill at least 24 in Nigeria
Virginia fraternity chapter to sue 'reckless' Rolling Stone
Students attends a vigil for people killed in an attack on a college by Islamic militants in Garissa, Kenya, at the University of Cape Town,
South Africa, yesterday. Kenya launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following an extremist attack on a Kenyan college
that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said. AP PHOTO
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