This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The manhunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is believed to be in Russia after fleeing Hong Kong, featured; scenes shown of the empty seat Snowden had booked on a plane bound for Cuba; details given about US anger with China for letting Snowden flee to Moscow and how he was helped by WikiLeaks. [White House press secretary Jay CARNEY – criticizes China.] [With NBC’s Catherine Chomiak, Secretary of State John KERRY – says we hope the Russians will do the right thing.] [In Moscow, NBC’s Jim Maceda – notes Russian President Vladimir Putin thrives on confrontation with the US.] [Voice of WikiLeaks founder Julian ASSANGE- defends Snowden.] [In Quito, Ecuador, NBC correspondent Miguel ALMAGUER – comments on Snowden’s request for asylum in Ecuador.] [President OBAMA – says we’re following the appropriate legal channels.] The US diplomatic efforts discussed.
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court ruling on the use of affirmative action for college admissions examined; details given about the challenge to the University of Texas by white applicant Abigail Fisher, who was turned down 5 years ago; courtroom sketches by Art Lien shown; opinions from Justices Anthony Kennedy & Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted. [FISHER, University of Texas president Bill POWERS– react to the ruling.] [Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Barbara ARNWINE- notes opponents of affirmative action wanted a reversal.] [“A Bland and White Case” author Greg STOHR- says we’re on a path where there will be less use of race.] The major rulings still expected from the Court discussed.
(Sanford, Florida: Ron Mott) The start of the murder trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin reviewed; scenes shown of prosecutor John Guy’s profanity-laced opening remarks and defense attorney Don West’s knock-knock joke; 911 call played. [GUY – says Zimmerman shot Martin because he wanted to.] [WEST – says Martin used a concrete sidewalk to smash Zimmerman’s head.] [NBC legal analyst Kendall COFFEY- notes the importance of the 911 tape.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Zimmerman’s lawsuit against NBC Universal noted.
(Pretoria, South Africa: Keir Simmons) The deteriorating health of former South African President Nelson Mandela updated; scenes shown of former wife Winnie Mandela & daughter Makaziwe Mandela arriving at the hospital.
(South Fork, Colorado: Gabe Gutierrez) The battle against the fire featured; scenes shown of aircraft, smoke & flames, the super moon; details given about the spruce bark beetle infestation. [South Fork, Colorado, residents Kim & Ken KRAHN- comment.] [Rio Grande National Forest Mike BLAKEMAN- says we have high winds & low humidity.] [Colorado Governor John HICKENLOOPER- says there is still a significant amount of risk.]
(New York: Anne Thompson) Stuntman Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over the Little Colorado Gorge near the Grand Canyon reviewed; scenes shown of his walk; details given about his family history. [MAN – reacts.] [On “Today,” WALLENDA – says there is no stabilization in the cables.]