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out of control. richard engel inside the luxury hotel that got hit in turkey. lost in translation, putin, the patriots and the mystery of the super bowl ring. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. people all across this country and for that matter, all over the world will, continue to debate what edward snowden has done, exposing the kind of data mining that has become routine and while that debate goes on, he is still talking. again today from overseas. he today delivered another carefully timed leak. timed to embarrass the u.s. and great britain just as a summit of world leaders get under way and tonight the consequences continue. we begin with our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. the leak was timed to embarrass the u.s. and british. by claiming they jointly spied on world leaders at past london summits. as the g8 summit opened, "the guardian" reported that the u.s. and great britain spied on past conferences. the encrypted calls home to moscow, decoded by the nsa. >> what it does do for president obama, which is problematic, robs him of much moral authority in talking about this. >> reporter: leaks about the u.s. hacking china also undercut the president when he met with president xi recently. no one should be surprised, in fact, we reported on "nightly news" 18 years ago, that the clinton white house spied on leaders in miami in 1994. what foreign leaders didn't know but nbc has been told, the
supersecret national security agency had "wired the place" to spy on guests. >> snowden says he has unbelievable access to information. >> snowden is wrong. he couldn't have possibly done the things he is claiming he was able to do in terms of tapping communication. >> reporter: in a web chat, snowden wrote in i target an e-mail address and that sent something to you, joe america, the analyst gets it, all of it. ips, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. did he flee to hong kong to give information to china? he denies giving any information to china. he writes this is a predictable smear that i anticipated before going public as the u.s. media has a knee-jerk red china. and dick cheney. >> i think he's a traitor. i think he has committed crimes in effect by violating agreements. >> reporter: snowden wrote being called a traitor by dick cheney is the highest honor you can give an american.
tonight on fox, his father told him he loved him but pleaded for him to stop leaking. >> i don't know what you've seen but i would ask that you measure what are you going to do and not release anymore information. >> defending the surveillance, the president told charlie rose to say there is a tradeoff doesn't mean we've abandoned freedom. i don't think anybody says we are no longer free because we have checkpoints at airports. >> andrea, thanks. the other issue getting a lot of attention at the g8 summit today. syria and the civil war. with seven nations on one side and russia on the other. chuck todd in northern ireland tonight. >> reporter: when leaders of the world's largest democracies gather, they focus on the global economy.
this year's meeting comes at a precarious time in the syrian civil war. seven g8 countries on one side, country number eight, russia, on the other. >> arriving on a golf retreat to northern ireland, president obama had to leave his clubs stateside and immediately get down to business. finding common ground with russia on syria. both leaders admitted they disagree how to deal with syria. but putin went out of his way to endore the idea of a negotiated settlement. >> we have different perspectives on the problem, but we do share the desire to reduce violence, securing chemical weapons. >> translator: we want to stop the violence in syria, stop the growth of victims, and to solve the situation peacefully, by including coming to the
negotiation table in geneva. >> reporter: putin's words today, decidedly more measured than yesterday, when he met with prime minister david cameron. >> translator: we shouldn't back those who kill their enemies and eat their organs. >> reporter: president obama comes to the summit, fizz trip to europe since winning re-election, to a more muted reception than in the past. once heralded as the anti-president bush, even given a nobel peace prize now he is under fire for some of his policies. the nsa widely canned. the failure to shut down guantanamo bay, syria, and a perceived lack of movement on climate change. still, he tried to recapture some european popularity using an old stuff speech staple. >> young people fill me with hope. >> reporter: mr. obama came to initiate a regional trade agreement. those talks are complicated,
thanks to european doubts if they can even trust the americans in the wake of the nsa spying controversy. >> chuck todd in northern ireland, thanks. a major point of contention at the g8, the continuing violent crackdown in turkey. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel with us from istanbul with more on both fronts. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, first on syria, we're in close contact with the syrian opposition here, in particular with the commander of the free syrian army, the man the united states is proposing to arm. but he told us he hasn't heard anything about any weapons shipment, nothing. in fact, he was in tears of frustration, saying his men are dying while the united states is proposing what he called half measures. here in turkey, protests looked like they were almost over until they took a very violent turn this weekend.
a tense standoff today as labor unions joined defiant protesters, still reeling from the government crackdown. on saturday night, police stormed taksim square, driving out protesters from their peaceful camp, they have been warned but refused to leave. the government called them vandals and anarchists, many rushed to side streets, some barricaded themselves in a hotel, using the lobby as a makeshift infirmary, and then police fired teargas inside. >> oh! >> many people overcome. >> it was mayhem. >> we have to run, because they are using teargas. >> reporter: on sunday, protesters fought back in clashes across istanbul. this is one of the largest protest movements.
police clearing out istanbul. we felt the gas too. it was everywhere. protesters hoping re-take the square were forced back. barricades built to block the police were of little use. >> we don't want to clash. just want to get into the main square and protest peacefully. >> reporter: the government response? at a mass rally of supporters, prime minister erdogan blames foreign media and other instigators, dismissing protest allegations that he became a hardliner with an islamic agenda. state tv claim a million attended. prime minister erdogan is still generally popular in this country, but shocked many here by being so intolerant of dissent. >> richard, thanks. let's stay in that part of the world. the old face of iran on its way out. term limits in iran prevented
president mahmoud ahmadinejad again and iran elected a new man, a more of a moderate. question is, how much change will he bring to iran and the relationship with the u.s.? our nbc news tehran chief ali alouzi put the question to him today, in a news conference carried on state tv. >> reporter: the new president of iran and perhaps a new beginning. hasan rouhani, a moderate, won more than half the vote against five more conservative candidates to replace mahmoud ahmadinejad who is as unpopular here as he is in the west. thousands of iranians took to the street to celebrate. many people here want change, more social freedom, a better economy and an end to international sanctions. in a news conference, rouhani offered greater transparency, but said uranium enrichment will continue.
my question about u.s. relations drew a revealing answer. would you be willing to engage in direct dialog in the united states? rouhani, who speaks english and understood the question, said it was complicated. he called the u.s./iran relationship a wound that has not healed and said it was time to move forward, but direct talks are only possible if the u.s. vows never to interfere. the world waits to see if rouhani represents real change or a softening turn as the supreme leader in iran ultimately calls the shots. back in this country, a major decision at the supreme court today in a closely watched case that justices struck down, an arizona law required people to show proof of citizenship
before being allowed to vote. pete williams with more. good evening. >> reporter: arizona said the law was intended to cut down on voter fraud, but the court says it violates a 20-year-old law, the motor voter law. which allows people to register by mail to vote in federal elections. they check a box to indicate u.s. citizenship. but arizona required some kind of document to prove it. civil rights groups said it was trying to make it harder for legal immigrants to vote. a vote of 7-2 with thomas and alito dissenting. they said what arizona did was inconsistent with the requirement to use federal form. the constitution gives congress final word on how federal elections are conducted. still unresolved, how much mower the state has to say on who gets
to vote. it likely dooms similar laws in georgia, alabama, and kansas. we'll get decisions again on thursday, brian, with big cases of this term still to come. >> pete williams covering at the court tonight. out west, a terrible fire season. predictions today it could still get a lot worse. firefighters continue to fight a big burn in california it forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. the l.a. fire department said this could shape up to the be worst fire season in 100 years. in colorado, the worst wildfire season in that state's history is largely contained, but not before it stored almost 500 homes. an update on health matters. nelson mandela's grandson said he is doing better, responding to treatment, hospitalized for ten days and prince philip went home today in london, ten days after his exploratory surge roe with a clean bill of health. he missed the trooping of the colors, where the queen appeared
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for another reason. a super bowl ring in his possession for the past eight years. it all started when the owner of the new england patriots took off his ring and showed it to putin. nbc's stephanie gosk picks up the story from there. >> reporter: vladmir putin shows a real passion for sports, tough, outdoor pursuits. perhaps patriots owner robert kraft felt the super bowl ring is something the russian president would really appreciate. or perhaps the former kgb agent was just dazzled by the bling. nearly 5 karat carats, 125 diamonds. one thing for certain, kraft did hand the ring over, and putin never handed it back. the patriots' owner had just won the third super bowl.
he later said it was a gift. not the story he told at a carnegie hall gala last thursday night. according to "the new york post," i tyke out the ring and showed it to putin and he put it on and said i could kill someone with this ring. i put my hand out, and he put it on, and three kgb came around, and i was escorted out. what the russians say, what mr. kraft saying now is weird. a kraft spokesperson said the story was meant to be funny, and kraft is happy that the kremlin has the ring. nobody has tried to swipe your super bowl ring. >> no, absolutely not. >> we caught up with david deale at a charity event. the new york giants' lineman has two rings. >> it never leaves arm's distance, never leave it anywhere. the thing is sacred. >> reporter: if the latest tale is true, putin still has the ring and something got lost in translation.
stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. that is our broadcast on a monday night. thank you for being here with us. as we start a new week, my thanks to lester, ann, and natalie who filled in here, allowing me to sneak away for a while. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night. here tom orrow evening. good night.