The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s biopic of Edward Snowden has been released.
‘Snowden’ is Oscar-winning Stone’s telling of the NSA whistleblower’s life, from his childhood to his current situation. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden and Shailene Woodley as his long term girlfriend Lindsay Mills. The 2:39 minute video has been watched more than 19,000 times since it was uploaded.
The trailer begins with scenes from Snowden’s time in Army Reserve training and offers insight into his journey into the National Security Agency (NSA), where he managed to collect files on the bulk spying program that the NSA and its overseas counterparts carried out on ordinary citizens.
“Think of it as a Google search, except instead of searching only what people make public, we’re also looking at everything they don’t. Emails, chats, SMS, whatever.” Snowden is told by an agent.
Snowden is shown to be using a Rubik’s cube to smuggle a secure digital (SD) card of illegally downloaded NSA data through a security checkpoint at his job.
The Bank of Japan held off on expanding monetary stimulus, as Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his colleagues opted to take more time to assess the impact of negative interest rates.
The move comes as a surprise to the slight majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg who had projected some action from the central bank in response to a strengthening in the yen that has cast a shadow over prospects for higher wages and investment. The currency rallied against the dollar immediately after the decision while stocks in Tokyo tumbled.
Policy makers are betting that their success in bringing down borrowing costs since unveiling the negative-rate strategy in January will generate an acceleration in lending. They left unchanged three key easing tools — the 80 trillion yen ($732 billion) target for expanding the monetary base, mostly through government-bond purchases, the 0.1 percent negative rate on a portion of the cash banks park at the BOJ, and a program to buy riskier assets including stocks. Separately, they postponed their time frame for reaching a 2 percent inflation target, to sometime in fiscal 2017, for the fourth delay in about a year.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in 2015 decided not to deport but release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 of drunk driving, according to new government numbers.
The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers, according to a copy of an agency report obtained by the News4 I-Team.
The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence to protect the White House grounds by 2018.
At least 14 patients and three doctors have been killed in an air strike on a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) says.
Among those killed in the MSF-supported al-Quds hospital was one of the city’s last paediatricians, MSF said.
Local sources blamed Syrian or Russian war planes. The Syrian military has denied targeting the hospital.