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(regular) (live) "..." chinese tourists spend big >> pelley: tonight, the manhunt is on. the f.b.i. joins the search for the man who leaked u.s. spy secrets. >> reporter: even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched. >> pelley: who is edward snowden? how did he steal top-secret files? seth doane is in hong kong. david martin reports from washington. john miller on the investigation grave news on the condition of investigation. grave news on the condition of nelson mandela. mark fill slips in south africa. carter evans reports from santa >> i saw his eyes and then i knew. >> pelley: and one of the best american athletes you've never heard of. ben tracy catches up with-- or nearly catches up with-- evelyn stevens. >> she's leaving me in the dust! captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the u.s. government tonight is putting together criminal charges against the man who exposed two of the government's top-secret surveillance programs and the f.b.i. is trying to find him. edward snowden was last seen in hong kong yesterday when he identified himself as the source of leaks revealing that the national security agency is monitoring the phone records of millions of americans and tapping into the data banks of internet companies. snowden worked at the agency as a low-level employee of a private contractor. he went to high school in maryland but did not graduate. he enlisted in the army in may of 2004 but was discharged less than five months later. "the guardian" newspaper says snowden worked on computer security at the c.i.a. before going to work at the n.s.a. seth doane has more from hong
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kong. >> reporter: 29-year-old edward snowden made a number of bold and unverified claims this interview recorded in a hong kong hotel room. >> i sitting at my desk have the authority to wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if i had a personal e- mail. >> reporter: he justified leaking the documents by painting a bleak picture about what could happen if u.s. intelligence agencies continued to collect and store the communications of americans. >> it's going to get worse with the next generation and the next generation to extend the capabilities in this architecture of oppression you realize that you might be willing to accept any risk. >> reporter: glenn greenwald is a columnist in for britain's "guardian" newspaper. he wrote the first articles based on snowden's leaks. >> he felt very strongly that if this was going to be done that the public-- quite rightly-- would want to hear from the person who did it and understand why it was he did it. >> reporter: the interview was recorded by a filmmaker known to
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be close to julian assange, the creator of wikileaks that published tens of thousands of classified documents online. snowden said he fled to hong kong because of its commitment to free speech. but if the u.s. asks, it's likely snowden will be extradited if past requests are any indication. hong kong's extradition treaty has a few exceptions. if the request is politically motivated or if the suspect will not be given a fair trial. you you're still in touch with mr. snowden. what is he thinking right now? what is he worried about right now? >> to be honest he's not very worried. he believed it was more important for the public to learn about what was being done in the united states and the effect it was having on our world than it was for him to continue to live this comfortable life making lots of money living in hawaii, having career stability and the like. he did sacrifice knowing he'd become the world's most-wanted man and the fact that it's happened is not a surprise to him.
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>> reporter: snowden is said to be interested in seeking asylum, possibly in iceland. this as the united states launches its investigation and considers charges that could return him to america. >> pelley: the manhunt begins. seth, thank you. snowden was essentially one of the office i.t. guys, troubleshooting the computer network at the national security agency which eavesdrops on world communications. when david martin told us today how many contractors have top- secret clearances, the wonder is not that this happened but that it doesn't happen more often. >> reporter: edward snowden was a foot soldier in an army of contractors doing top-secret work for the national security agency. he was assigned to this n.s.a. installation in hawaii. although his employer was the technology consulting firm booz allen hamilton. it's not unusual for contractors to have access to classified information. according to this report by the director of national intelligence 483,000 contractors
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held top-secret clearances last year. compared to 791,000 government employees. both go through the same background checks, a process which this report showed can take over a year. what stunned officials about snowden was that a low-level contractor could gain access to a number of dispirit intelligence programs, each of them walled off behind levels of classification above his top- secret clearance. but snowden's job was to ensure that classified computer networks were operating properly and that, apparently, allowed him to get past the security barriers and browse at will. >> i had access to, you know, the full rosters of everyone working at the n.s.a.. the entire intelligence community and undercover assets all around the world. >> reporter: his employer, booz allen hamilton, is well connected. one top executive there, mike mcconnell, is a former director of national intelligence. a former top executive there,
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james clapper, is the current director of national intelligence. booz allen hamilton reported making $1.3 billion working for intelligence agencies last year and it was not alone. this list of companies attending a business in a minute conversation hosted by n.s.a. includes household names like boeing, i.b.m., and general dynamics. there was explosive growth in top-secret contracting after 9/11 when the intelligence agencies rapidly expanded their operations. you could call it the espionage industrial complex, similar to the military industrial complex president eisenhower warned about more than 50 years ago. >> pelley: david, thank you. booz allen hamilton acknowledges snowden worked for them for three months. the company says if his claims are true the theft is a grave violation of its values. senior correspondent john miller is former assistant deputy director of national intelligence. john, you know the intelligence
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world from the inside. one of the things that snowden said was that he had the authority to wiretap anyone he wanted. what do you make of that have? >> you know, unless the job description of an i.t. person in the intelligence community has changed since i was there a couple of years ago i think he may be confusing his authorities within the computer system of the n.s.a. to access things. because, as an i.t. guy, part of your job is to troubleshoot, so you have wide access, versus his legal authority to do anything. as an i.t. specialist, he wouldn't have had any. >> pelley: what would happen to him now if he's apprehended by the f.b.i.? >> well, what's been going on today is the f.b.i. and the n.s.a. have been working together. because they're not just going to take his word for it that he was the leaker-- although there's no reason to doubt him. to look at his computer account at the n.s.a., backtrack through it and see did he print it, did he copy it? is it the documents that leaked see if they have probable cause,
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put that into a criminal complaint and move forward. that would mean getting an extradition order with hong kong and hoping that that could be enforced or if he moved to another country, an interpol red notice so they could follow him from place to place and go after him. they need that charge, though. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. more tomorrow, i'm sure. the other big story today, nelson mandela remains in serious but stable condition tonight. mandela, who's 94, was taken to the hospital saturday with a lung infection. mandela emerged from prison in 1990 to unite racially segregated south africa without a bloody civil war. he became the first black president and shared in the nobel prize. mark phillips is at the hospital in pretoria for us tonight. mark, what do you know about mandela's condition now. >> reporter: well, the official medical bulletins have been gloomy enough talking about the recurring lung infection that he has had and his condition being serious but stable, as they put it. but we have information, i'm
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afraid, that's more gloomy than that. let me be a little bit cautionary here to begin with. this comes from a source, not an official government or medical source but one who has provided information to us in the past and has proven to be reliable. that source tells us that nelson mandela suffered a crisis when he was at his johannesburg home on friday night, that he required resuscitation at that time with a medical team on standby there and that he was then brought to the hospital. since then, as we know, he's been in the intensive care unit. he's had to have, we're told, a procedure to treat a bleeding ulcer that he has suffered from. but even more worrying than that his kidney and liver function have been impaired as well. we're told that they are functioning at around the 50% level. the seriousness of that condition in total would indicate why there has been a constant stream of family members coming through here. his wife has been with him here from the beginning. his former wife winnie mandela, the mother of the country, as
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she's called, visited today. he's had a stream of children and grandchildren coming through and significantly his daughter who is the current south african ambassador to argentina has flown in to be at her father's side as well. so it's a gloomy picture, i'm afraid. the family, and it seems the country, preparing for worst. >> pelley: mark phillips, thank you. the battle has shifted in syria's civil war. the assad dictatorship has now taken several towns from rebels who rose up two years ago. the obama administration is taking another look at arming the rebels. the assad regime has survived largely because of weapons supplied by its best ally, russia. so what will russia do now? that was clarissa ward's question for russia's foreign minister in moscow. >> reporter: foreign minister sergei lavrov is the face of russia's syria policy. you believe that president assad should step down?
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>> this is not for know decide. this is for the syrian people to decide. >> reporter: since the conflict began more than two years ago, russia has supplied the regime with political support and weapons that have ensured its survival. >> we supply weapons to all those who contracted, legally, and this is the universal rule. >> reporter: even if those weapons may be used to perpetrate war crimes? >> i don't think you can perpetrate war crimes with defensive weapons, air defense systems. >> reporter: this is a request from the syrian army to a russian arms supplier from march of this year. 20,000 a.k.-47s, 200,000 mortar rounds, grenade launchers, millions of rounds of ammunition. >> are we discussing syrian army requests or the substance of the conscripts which we honor is those are the things you have to make a difference. >> reporter: were these weapons
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supplied? >> i have not seen these requests and this is a not a contract to which we are committed. >> reporter: lavrov has condemned the west's support of the opposition, citing known ties to al qaeda within some rebel groups. >> i see double standards, if you wish. you either deny terrorists any acceptance in the international life or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working. "i don't like that guy in this country so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. this guy in another country also dictatorial but he's our dictator." >> reporter: lavrov says he still believes the war's end can be negotiated as a peace conference. >> the government said they are ready. they said they have a delegation. we believe that the opposition must do the same as soon as possible. >> reporter: lavrov told us that war crimes must be investigated in due time but that the priority now is to get both sides to sit down at the
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negotiating table and for the bloodshed to stop. justice, he said, can wait. clarissa ward, cbs news, moscow. >> pelley: a california woman came face to face with a killer. now she's telling us her story. and who's the daredevil pilot? bet you'll be surprised. when the "cbs evening news" continues. that phrase... but not since i learned i have postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture. i want to keep acting but a broken bone could change that. so my doctor and i chose prolia® to reduce my risk of fractures. prolia® is proven to help make bones stronger. i take prolia®. it's different- it's two shots a year. do not take prolia® if you are pregnant, are allergic to it or if you take xgeva® ..prolia® can cause serious side effects, including low blood calcium levels, serious infections, some of which may require hospitalization...
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>> pelley: santa monica college is open again after friday's shooting rampage.
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students who fled in panic resumed their final exams today. the shooting started off campus. by the time it ended, the gunman and five of his victims were dead. carter evans spoke with some of the survivors. >> just scanned over, picked up the gun and aimed at me. >> reporter: it was the sound of a car crash that drew joe orcutt outside of his campus office. >> i jumped off to the side on the grass here behind the these columns and he shoot and the bullet just whizzed by me. >> reporter: the 23-year-old gunman, john zawahri, was armed with a semiautomatic rifle, a pistol, and 1,300 rounds of ammunition. this hallway was riddled with bullet holes? >> after he shot at me i heard at least five more shots. >> active shooter in a library with an automatic weapon. >> reporter: the gunman's motive is unknown. he did not have a criminal record but a faculty member at zawahri's high school says she
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once raised concerns "he could be a columbine-type shooter" after he threatened teachers and students. it's believed zawahri's rampage began about a mile from campus when he killed his father and brother at a home that went up in flames. debra fine was his next victim. she was shot four times when she tried to stop the gunman from carjacking another driver. >> i just sped up in my car and i yelled. >> reporter: what did you yell? >> i yelled "no." i just yelled no." >> reporter: then you realized he was turning his attention to you? >> yes, i did. very fast. and then i saw his eyes, i saw him point and i -- then i knew. then i knew that he was really going to shoot. and when i heard the explosion i knew it was a bullet. >> reporter: it's not clear where zawahri got his weapons. we learned today police have been unable to trace the gun. scott, there will be a candlelight vigil on campus tonight for the victims. the class of 2013 will graduate tomorrow.
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>> pelley: we've done so many reports about the dark side of cycling we were thrilled when one of our producers brought us a story about a woman who embodies everything that's good about the sport. ben tracy tells us about a rising star whose racing career had an unlikely beginning. >> this is your office now. >> this is my office now. kind of incredible, right? >> reporter: what's incredible that 30-year-old evelyn stevens is even on a bike. just five years ago she worked on wall street and knew nothing about cycling. >> i just wanted to feel freer. i was sitting in conference rooms and looking out the window thinking "i wish i could just fly away." >> reporter: on a whim, stevens sister entered her into a bike race and she just kept on rolling, quitting her job, trading the street for the open road. and you would have had no idea how good you are had you not taken that leap? >> no idea, yeah. i mean, i have to say at times it still kind of -- it still
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surprises me. >> reporter: in 2012, just three years after leaving her office cubicle and turning pro she took on one of the reigning queens of cycling, marianne vos of cycling. >> stevens goes for it. >> reporter: at the top of a famous hill in belgium she won one of the sports most prestigious races. >> evelyn stevens is the winner! >> reporter: the first american woman to do so. i'm looking at your sheet from last year: first place, first place, first place, first place. >> i like to win. (laughs) >> reporter: her biggest weapon is her ability to climb and climb fast. in the canyon near boulder, colorado, where she trains we saw just how good stevens is. she's leaving me in the dust. how does being a pro cyclist compare to what you were doing before in finance? >> i always stay one difference is you can't physically crash in -- when you work in finance but you can physically crash when
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you work in cycling. >> reporter: less than three months ago she did crash-- on her face going 35 miles per hour. >> that's when i realized that i love to ride my bicycle. >> reporter: you crashed on your face at 35 miles an hour, had 40 stitches, lost two teeth and you loved it more? >> yeah. i love it and appreciate it more. >> reporter: why? >> i think it's something when what you love is taken away it makes you realize, ooh, i really want that and i really love it. >> reporter: her focus now is making the olympic team in 2016 and winning gold, all the while showing what's possible when you ride outside your comfort zone. ben tracy, cbs news, boulder, colorado. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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tonight: how california - is cashing in on the chines good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. i'm ken bastida in for allen martin. tonight, how california is cashing in on the chinese. i am elizabeth cook. >> i am ken bastida, in for allen tonight. exception 5's linda yee says san francisco is their first destination. the city is working hard these days to keep them coming back. >> they love to shop, and nothing less than designer labels. last year chinese visitors spent 15 and a half million dollars in cash alone in san francisco. union square is their prime destination. the city set up a special office just to take care of
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chinese businesses and tourist. door lean chu of china sf. >> i had a special private event for a delegation last week. the sells exceeded all expectation. >> the stores love them so much, they put out the cash welcome sign. >> they are the first store in union square to accept the pay cards from chinese and have the logo in their window. >> nearly 200,000 tourist from china visited san francisco in 2011. half a million throughout california. and the hilton hotel in the city's financial district has done everything to welcome the new free spending visitors. >> probably about 30% of our guests are only coming here from china. >> special tea services are offered in rooms, three channels of chinese television are available and instructions on how to use services and where