- Suspect in 2011 attack on US Embassy in Benghazi is also the suspect in two assassinations of left-wing opposition leaders in Tunisia, Ali Harzi.
- United States Senate Judiciary Committee debates laws to protect journalists who will not reveal their sources. There was some debate as to what constituted a “journalist” (something we discuss here at Global Echo) but it was decided that according to the US Senate a journalist is a person whose “primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information.” There was a section added called the Assange clause which excluded anyone “whose principal function, as demonstrated by the totality of such person or entity’s work, is to publish primary source documents that have been disclosed to such person or entity without authorization.”
- However in the opposite sentiments the European Parliament have nominated whistleblower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden for the Sakharov Prize for freedom of though. Leaders of the parliament’s Greens group Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms said about Snowden: [he] “deserves to be honored for shedding light on the systematic infringements of civil liberties by US and European secret services…Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours.”
- The Russians leads UN efforts to have Syria disarm its own chemical weapons which remove the drive for US military intervention.
- Jordan appeals for foreign aid to assist the vast numbers of Syrian refugees currently in their country. The government estimates there are 580,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan.
- The Voyager 1 Probe becomes the first human object to leave the solar system.
- Over 100 women arrested in Washington today protesting for fair immigration reform.