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NSA Whistleblower Condemns Mass Surveillance | UK-Argentina Relations Thaw

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NSA whistleblower, Bill Binney, reveals 9/11 could have been avoided if the US had not adopted mass surveillance methods and the UK and Argentine Foreign Ministers announced a thawing in relations over the long disputed Falkland-Malvina Islands, following talks in Buenos Aires yesterday.

Today’s main stories: NSA whistleblower Bill Binney, protagonist of the film The Good American which is premiered in the UK tonight, reveals that the 9/11 attacks in New York and many more recent terrorist attacks across Europe could have been avoided if the US had not relied on methods of mass surveillance. Bill Binnie and the film’s director, Friedrich Moser join us in the studio to discuss the ethics of mass surveillance and whether Edward Snowden could receive a presidential pardon.

Yesterday saw a major step forward in UK-Argentine relations, when UK Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan met with Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.  The meeting is said to have resulted in a thawing of relations — a statement said that an agreement had been reached to "remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and sustainable development". We speak to Dr Christopher Wylde, Associate Professor in International Relations at Richmond University, London.

You can find previous editions of World in Focus here.

Tune in to Radio Sputnik five days a week for Sputnik’s daily current affairs program, broadcasting live from Edinburgh Scotland, with Jack Foster and Carolyn Scott.

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