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Fugitive NSA leader Edward Snowden threatened more leaks and asked a number of countries, including Russia, for asylum; President Putin said Snowden could stay as long as he "cease[d] his work aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners." Secretary of State Kerry has been visiting the Middle East, trying to restart peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
According to Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai, President Obama reportedly asked him to sign a security pact with the US within the next three months. Justin Kaliebe, a US citizen from Long Island, faces a possible 30-year prison sentence for trying to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The US is said to be planning to give Yemen three warplanes for use in combating al Qaeda. Due to security concerns, US officials warned against travel to Egypt.
Federal investigators for the Office of Personnel Management alleged that USIS, the largest private provider of background checks for the government, repeatedly misled the government between 2008 and 2011 as to the thoroughness of the checks. The company vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden in 2011. NSA chief Gen. Alexander said the surveillance program had disrupted 54 terrorist plots, of which 50 led to arrests or detentions, half of which occurred in Europe. Among the 54 foiled plots were 13 that developed inside the US. The Pentagon is updating rules of engagement for cyberwarfare and plans to add 4,000 people to US Cyber Command.
A federal grand jury filed a 30-count indictment against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, including weapon of mass destruction, bombing, firearms, carjacking, and conspiracy charges. The CIA has begun moving light weapons and possibly antitank missiles from Jordan to Syria, where they are to be given to 'elaborately' vetted opposition elements. The CIA is considering using special operations teams from the US, Jordan, and the UAE to train rebels. US officials say the effort will aim to produce trained moderate fighters faster than the growth of the Al Nusrah Front, which has added "thousands" of fighters this past year. Saudi officials offered to identify 'trusted' rebel fighters to be given MANPADs.