And the US knew that Russia was laying the ground to make a move on the strategically useful peninsula. Doing something about it is another matter.
Snowden said his leaks have made the US safer.
Guantánamo Bay continues to release a trickle of detainees – very few of whom return to the battlefield.
RT anchor Liz Wahl quit live on air yesterday, saying she could no longer stand the Russian government channels 'whitewashing.'
Money will certainly be forthcoming for Ukraine. Whether it will come soon enough and in large enough quantities is another matter.
An amusing Seinfeld clip about Ukraine, and a small observation about games.
Britain appears to want to protect London's lucrative financial industry from the repercussions of any sanctions targeting Russian or Ukrainian officials.
Kremlin outlet RT is a window into how Russia sees events in Ukraine, and where it wants things to go.
And the ongoing refusal to recognize that pretending the US doesn't have limits to its power doesn't make it so.
Iraqi Shiite cleric and political powerhouse Muqtada al-Sadr has reversed his promise to quit politics. It now looks like gamesmanship ahead of April parliamentary elections.
Lots of worry about foreign fighters returning home from the jihad in Syria. Is it well placed?
A New York Times story about how Australian intelligence might have passed information involving a US law firm and Indonesia is heavy on the drama.
While the authenticity of a YouTube recording of Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on a call to the US ambassador isn't confirmed, it sure sounds convincing.
It was distributed via a TV station that was born out of the Egyptian uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
The only certainty is that Karzai's time is up.
And what's an affiliate anyway?
Charges against 20 Al Jazeera journalists appear to be just the opening shot, with the government issuing warnings to foreign reporters in Egypt.
Unredacted NSA power point slides, leaked by Snowden, reveal a program to track terrorists via their mobile phones.
Foreign journalists like Peter Greste have been thrown into what amounts to dungeons. Though not more important than the Egyptians being detained, their treatment signals how Egypt is changing.