Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-24-15: US Spying On The French

WikiLeaks claims to have published documents that prove that the National Security Agency has spied on the last three French presidents. The communications were between 2006 to 2012, include discussions about a top U.N. appointment, the Middle East peace process, and the euro crisis, along with the French president’s cell phone number.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 67.6 million. That’s the number of Americans over the age of 25 who are obese. Another 65.2 million are just overweight.

People in the news, composer James Horner has died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California at the age of 61.

In technology news, Google is trying to idiot-proof email so you won’t accidentally send messages to the wrong people. They are adding a 5 to 30 second “Undo Send” feature.

In world affairs, there was an unlikely visitor to a meeting of various secessionist taking place in Russia. Nathan Smith is the self-styled foreign minister of the Texas Nationalist Movement. He says their movement is bigger than you might think.

Plus, Warner Bros. has decided that they will no longer license any models of the car because it has the Confederate Flag on it.

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