July 11th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

What is Snowden's Next move?

It takes nearly 13 hours to fly from Moscow to Caracas, Venezuela. However, if NSA leaker Edward Snowden decides to accept Venezuela's offer of asylum, it will probably take him a lot longer.

If you look at the logistical challenge he faces to travel there from Moscow, you can see he has no easy option that guarantees his continued freedom, reports CNN's Phil Black.

The direct route isn't an option. That would mean flying through Europe, the same countries that recently refused access to the plane carrying Bolivia's president because it was suspected Snowden was on board.

There is only one path that guarantees avoiding the sovereign air space of countries that might be willing to help the United States get Snowden back. It's a long journey via the Arctic and the Atlantic, around 6,800 miles. A potentially risky flight, almost entirely over water, on one tank of fuel.

At the moment, Venezuela's offer to help only kicks in when Snowden lands on Venezuelan territory. Venezuela has not show the willingness to send an aircraft or money he would need to escape Moscow.

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July 11th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

CNN Exclusive: Former Sanford, FL Police Chief Speaks Out

The night Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, police took George Zimmerman into custody for questioning. He claimed self-defense, police believed his account and he walked as a free man.

But then something changed.

Former Sanford police chief Bill Lee, who was forced to step down in the wake of the Sanford police department's investigation of George Zimmerman, says the investigation was hijacked.

According to Lee, he was pressured to make an arrest even though he felt there wasn't enough evidence.

CNN’s George Howell sat down with Lee to learn more.

“The laws of the state of Florida and the Constitution require you to have probable cause to arrest someone," Lee says. "The evidence and the testimony that we had didn't get us to probable cause."

At the time, Martin's parents hired civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and made persistent demands that Zimmerman be arrested, causing an uproar.

Police then passed the case to the state attorney's office, Howell reports. The governor assigned it to special prosecutor Angela Cory, who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

It was out of Lee’s hands. “That investigation was taken away from us," he says. "We weren't able to complete it."

Lee believes he ended up taking the fall. He was temporarily suspended and later fired after only ten months on the job.

"I believe it was political pressure and the fact that I upheld my oath,” Lee says.

Tune in to CNN, and follow along at CNN.com for more on the interview as the trial continues.

What do you think? Was this fair or unfair to Lee? Leave comments below.

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July 11th, 2013
10:14 AM ET

Dramatic 911 Calls from Flight 214 Passengers Released

Immediately after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed, passengers started calling 911. The newly released tapes of the calls paint a picture of chaos in and around the plane.

"We've been on the ground I don't know, 20 minutes, a half hour," one caller pleaded. "...there are people laying on the tarmac with critical injuries… We're almost losing a woman over here, we're trying to keep her alive.”

It’s unbelievable, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports, “When a caller says, ‘Look I've just crash landed at San Francisco Airport,’ and the 911 operator says, ‘What runway are you on?’”

Authorities say that there was a very large triage going on near the plane. “But we also know that many individuals ended up near the seawall," says Marquez, "and that's where a lot of the issues came with them not realizing for some minutes there were people who needed assistance there as well.”

Follow along at CNN.com as the story develops.

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July 11th, 2013
06:42 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – July 11, 2013

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

 

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