TIME’s 1971 Cover Stories on Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers


Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old defense contractor, came forward over the weekend as the whistleblower who gave secret documents about the U.S. government’s surveillance of internet and phone records to the media last week. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he told the Guardian.

Now Snowden, who took refuge in Hong Kong last month, is being compared to Daniel Ellsberg, the former Pentagon analyst turned hero who in 1971 gave the New York Times the Pentagon Papers, 47 volumes of secret documents that exposed how the government had mismanaged the Vietnam War and lied about it. Ellsberg was the first person to be prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act, but a judge dropped the charges when it was revealed that the Nixon White House had engaged in illegal wiretapping against Ellsberg.

TIME first summed up the significance of…

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WATCH: Simon Cowell Gets Egged During Britain’s Got Talent Finale


Opera singers Richard and Adam Johnson were singing “The Impossible Dream” on the finale of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday when a well-dressed woman popped up on stage and started throwing eggs at Simon Cowell, the show’s famously cranky judge. As security rushed the stage to remove the woman, the Johnsons kept singing as if nothing had happened. After all the show must go on.

The woman was able to throw several eggs at Cowell before she was carted off the stage. He later tweeted:

The egg hurler turned out to be Natalie Holt, a former contestant who was playing in the orchestra, according to EW.com. Holt, 30, later released a statement via the show saying, “I want to apologize to Richard and Adam for overshadowing their performance. I’ve never done anything…

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Monster Mosquitoes Emerge in Central Florida


In Karen Russell’s gonzo 2012 Pulitzer-finalist novel Swamplandia!, a Florida man is hoisted skyward in the talons of coffin-sized birds. In real life, giant mosquitoes that can apparently feel like a (small) bird when they land on you have already invaded the Sunshine State to torment locals and tourists alike, reports Orlando-based WKMG.

(MORE: John Malkovich to the Rescue: Actor Saves Injured Man in Toronto)

According to the TV station, the quarter-sized insects were first spotted in Seminole County late last week. The aggressive bloodsuckers “can bite right through your clothing and give you a good pinch, more painful than an ordinary mosquito bite,” University of Florida natural-resources agent Ken Gioeli told West Palm Beach–based WPTV back in March.

University of Florida entomologists warned in March that Psorophora ciliata — or gallinippers as they’re sometimes called — might appear this summer, weighing up to 20…

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G8 Summit 2013

Trade News in Brief

The G8 Summit 2013 will take place from 17 to 18 June 2013 in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland (UK).
The main topics on the agenda are:
  • Advancing global trade as an engine for global growth and job creation and facilitating trade in Africa
  • Ensuring tax compliance, by pushing, amongst others, for a global standard for the automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation and improving the reporting of multinationals to tax authorities
  • Promoting greater transparency regarding the revenues from extractive industries and forestry, land governance and government data
Kindly check more on the UK’s Government webpage, which assumed the Presidency of the G8 for 2013.

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No Toilet Paper? An App To Wipe Away Your Problems


Venezuela’s toilet-paper crisis has gotten so dire that some of the South American country’s 29 million residents have resorted to high-tech measures to get their hands on the scarce bathroom essential. A free Android app called Abastéceme (“Supply Me” in English) melds crowd-sourced information with Google maps to connect deprived shoppers with publicly-available caches of the stuff. Since it first became available on May 29, the app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

(MORE: Bathroom Blues: Venezuela’s Toilet-Paper Crisis)

Here’s how it works: Anyone can input locations where toilet paper is for sale. Shoppers can then search for products by price and location. Currently being used primarily for finding toilet paper, the app works for a handful of other items in short supply as well. Jose Augusto Montiel, who developed the app with his sister, told the Associated Press that toilet paper is the most sought after product…

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One Direction’s Perfume Captures Boy Band’s ‘True’ Scent


Fragrance maker Firmenich claims its perfumes can recreate the “true” scent of human skin. Now it has captured the essence of Britain’s hottest boy band, One Direction.

In a handwritten note posted online last Thursday, the band’s members announced the launch of their pink-hued fragrance,  “Our Moment,” which was developed in collaboration with Firmenich. “We’ve loved every step of creating this special fragrance for you, our incredible fans. We are very proud of it and hope you love ‘Our Moment’ as much as we do,” read the note, which was signed, “We love you.  XX, 1D.”

(More:Seven Things Adults Can Love About One Direction)

The perfume gets its name from the song “Moments,” off the group’s first album, “Up All Night.” Upon opening the jewel-cut bottle’s silver-crowned lid — which houses a fake pink flower — fans will inhale a veritable smoothie of fruit juices, including…

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WATCH: Singer Ciara Got Served On Stage During A Concert


There’s never a good time to find out that you are being sued, but there are some really bad times – like in the middle of your own concert, for example.

A process server undoubtedly earned his place in legal lore for reportedly handing R&B singer Ciara a subpoena in the middle of her performance at a L.A. Gay Pride event on Saturday. The singer was headlining the event when a “fan” handed her some papers while she was on stage. (Buzzfeed made a .gif of the moment here.) Ciara managed to continue singing, while seeming to quickly scan them. Perhaps after realizing that she hadn’t been handed fan letters, the singer tossed the papers aside. You can hear an audience member say, “She got served,” in a TMZ video.

Ciara is being sued by a club for allegedly not showing up to a performance scheduled for June 7th. According…

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WATCH: Courtroom Booty Slap Earns Chad Johnson a Month in Jail


Chad Johnson — the former NFL wide receiver once known as Chad Ochocinco — ended up in Fort Lauderdale court Monday after he violated his probation in a domestic abuse case. (Last year he was placed on probation after pleading no contest to charges of head-butting his then-wife Evelyn Lozada.)

The judge, Kathleen McHugh, was this close to granting him a plea deal that involved community service and counseling, but no jail time. So in other words, good news. Good news that prompted Johnson to give his attorney a light slap on the butt (as jocks often do.) Though the slap isn’t visible in the video above, it’s certainly audible. Muffled chuckles spread through the courtroom, but one person who was certainly not amused was the judge. “I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously. I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about…

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