Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin (AP/Evan Vucci)

Sunday talk shows: 5 clips you missed

Talking heads focused on the situation in Ukraine, the debate over Flight 370 and problems with U.S. intelligence


Natasha Lennard
March 30, 2014 9:31PM (UTC)

Intelligence experts appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" continue to discuss the hotly debated possibility that there was some terrorist intent in the crash of Flight 370. Meanwhile Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called talk of terrorist involvement no more than "speculation":

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Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", Sen. Ron Wyden -- one of Congress' most vociferous advocates for privacy protections and NSA reform -- slammed director of national intelligence James Clapper for lying to the public and Congress about the extent of government surveillance to which ordinary Americans are subjected. "What was particularly troubling about what James Clapper did is he wouldn't even correct it after the fact… I think that we need an upgrade in the intelligence leadership," said Wyden:

Looking at the situation in Ukraine, and engaging in Cold-War style speculation on Russian expansionism, talking heads also Sunday discussed whether or not Russia's Vladmir Putin had plans to invade Moldova. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told "Meet the Press", "I find it very dangerous":

Joining "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Mike Rogers (who this week announced that he will step down as Intelligence Committee chair at the end of the year) weighed in on the Ukraine situation, too, expressed concern for Russian expansion plans (see first minutes of clip below):

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Meanwhile, on ABC's "This Week" the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, insisted that Russia had no plans to invade Eastern Ukraine. “We have said so many times that we have no intent, no interest in crossing the border,” Kislyak said, “We have our forces conducting the exercises in the territory of the Russian Federation. That is normal exercises that we are conducting”:


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Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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