Morning Security Brief: More on Snowden, Militants and Wildlife Crime, Disaster Resilience, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow on Sunday in his attempt to seek asylum in Ecuador. He is expected to travel to Cuba and then Ecuador from there. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. government asked Russia to send Snowden to the United States to face charges of espionage for leaking government secrets, but the Russian goverment has stated that it has no authority to detain Snowden. According to the article, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was "troubled" by China and Russia's refusal to assist in returning Snowden to the United States: "It is a very serious question for all of us in all our relationships," Kerry said. "There is no small irony here," Kerry added. Snowden was not on the flight to Cuba that he was expected to be on Monday.

The illegal wildlife trade is increasingly being looked at as a security threat, according to USA Today. A new report out by the International Fund for Animal Welfare marks the connection between wildlife crime and militant groups. Criminal wildlife trade is reportedly the fourth largest branch of international crime now. Rebel groups have been responsible for mass slaughterings of elephants in Cameroon and elsewhere, according to the report. 

Eight minimum-security criminals have escaped from a Lansing, Kansas prison over the last three years. All of the eight convicts were eventually recaptured. The prison defends its security measures, according to the Associated Press. The Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman says that escapees are more likely in minimum security because the prisoners have more freedom. According to the article, the prison uses flyers and social media to spread the word when a convict escapes. The prison also studies each escape to improve security after, according to the article.

Also in the news: Middle East companies are becoming more aggressive in cyber security, some are arguing that the Department of Homeland Security may be able to waive many requirements of the immigration bill currently being debated, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a competition to promote resilience for Superstorm Sandy-affected areas.


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