A.M. Links: Military Sexual Assault Reports Up 46 Percent, Questions About CBS Benghazi Segment, Google Encrypting Traffic Between Data Centers


  • contradicted by anonymous government sources

    Reports of sexual assault in the US military are up 46 percent this year, according to the Pentagon, which says the rise is a credit to "victim confidence in our response system".

  • A security officer who worked at the US mission in Benghazi  and was featured in a CBS "60 Minutes" segment appears to have given the FBI a different account of events the night of the 9/11 attack in the city than he did in his book or to CBS. The officer insists he did not write the FBI statement and hadn't even seen it. CBS says it will correct the story if it finds its reporters were misled.
  • Edward Snowden may have used the log-in credentials of up to 25 coworkers at the NSA base in Hawaii to access the classified information he's disclosed to the media. He may have told the employees he needed their passwords for his work as a systems administrator.
  • In an effort to thwart the NSA's surveillance, Google is beginning to encrypt traffic between its data centers.
  • The Florida Supreme Court ordered a new trial for death row inmate Roy Swafford just two hours before his scheduled execution.
  • A Tampa Bay teacher who was suspended for trying to force a child to recite the pledge of allegiance is now back at work.
  • A thirteen-year-old boy in Kansas says he was suspended from school for carrying a purse.
  • John Kerry will be joining negotiations between Iran and Western powers over that country's nuclear program. The talks had seemed to be going well.
  • The strongest typhoon of the season slammed the Philippines, killing at least four people as well as knocking out power and telephone lines and causing several landslides.

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