Here are some of the headlines we’re following this morning:
The “Guardian” newspaper has identified the man who leaked top secret documents about the NSA’s controversial spying program as a former technical assistant with the CIA. Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden worked for defense contractor Booze Allen Hamilton. Snowden provided the documents to the “Guardian,” which published a report that exposed the NSA for engaging in the secret collection of Americans’ phone and email records. Snowden told the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald in an interview that took place in Hong Kong that he’s afraid for his safety, but is comfortable with the decision he made.
Thousands of Syrian refugees could make the U.S. their new home. The “Los Angeles Times” is reporting the Obama administration is weighing whether to bring some of the Syrians who’ve fled their wartorn country to the U.S. It would be part of an international effort aimed at helping Middle Eastern countries where about one-point-six million Syrians are now living as Syria’s civil war rages on. UN officials are planning to discuss how the mass resettlement might be carried out when they hold a meeting this week in Geneva. Some of the states that previously have taken foreign refugees under UN resettlement plans are California, Illinois, , Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia…and Florida.
The Senate continues debating a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week. The bipartisan measure was crafted by a so-called Gang of Eight in the Senate and provides a path to citizenship for more than 10-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Critics call it amnesty. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to finish the bill by the July 4th recess. President Obama is pushing lawmakers to approve immigration reform but has not been involved in the details of the legislation.
Jury selection will begin today in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. The former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer is accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense while the two were wrestling for Zimmerman’s gun.
Miami Weather: A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.
Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).
“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.