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     Issue No. 2(21)                                                                                             JUNE 11, 2013
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An x-CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, proclaiming his conscience to protect basic liberties for people around the world. Before we judge him hero or traitor, we have to think how U.S. information and intelligence system became institutionalized.  In 2010 the Washington Post's investigative reporter Dana Priest, a columnist William M. Arkin and other dozen journalists spent two years developing a project.  It was a project called "Top Secret America" that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The purpose to build such huge security and intelligence system was to keep its citizens safe. But the problem is that the system became gigantic in structure with its line of responsibility blurred and their information at issue became classified in the name of national security at risk. Can he be a heroic whistle blower like Daniel Ellsberg, the famous leaker of the Pentagon Papers who is credited with helping turn public opinion against the Vietnam War? Or is he a traitor of his country? 

1. Obama confronts Xi on cyber theft, affinity found on North Korea Obama and Xi

The two leaders debated how to handle China's growth as a world power more than 40 years after President Richard Nixon's groundbreaking visit to Mao Zedong's Communist China in 1972 ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing. (Reuters) 
The Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million on a single conference in Southern California in 2010, paying top dollar for hotel rooms, $27,500 for a keynote speaker and tens of thousands of dollars for gifts to the 2,600 people who attended. (NYT, Time )
Edward Snowdon
It emerged last week that the UK's eavesdropping agency GCHQ may have connections to the Prism system, which is said to give American agencies easy access to nine of the world's top internet companies, as well as phone records of millions of people. (Huffington Post) 
Daniel Kim
The C1 - a two-wheeled, fully enclosed all-electric vehicle. Its game-changing technological leap sits under the single-passenger's seat: two powerful computer-controlled gyroscopes that constantly keep the vehicle upright, whether it is stopped or in motion. (USA Today)
Eesha Khare
Eesha Khare, the 18-year-old winner of the Intel Young Scientist Award, earned $50,000 for her breakthrough research. Her innovative charging device can fit inside a cell phone and fully charge the phone in about 20 seconds. (NBC)

A student from Texas has invented a plastic pistol that anyone can make with a 3-D printer. It is undetectable by metal detectors and capable of killing. And it is spreading unchecked across the continents. (Spiegel)
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