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(CNN) – In an unexpected twist, Sony's decision has actually managed to get some hardcore Hollywood liberals and prominent republicans on the same page. So maybe the terrorists haven't won after all?
From Mitt Romney to Michael Moore, there has been widespread backlash against Sony for pulling "The Interview" over terrorism threats. Celebrity critics instantly took to twitter, calling the move everything from an act of cowardice, to a threat to freedom.
(CNN) - The Sony hack has pulled the curtain back on a dangerous and mysterious branch of the North Korean military: cyber soldiers.
North Korean defectors say they are rigorously trained in the art of destruction and their battlefield can be pretty much anywhere in the world because they wage war from behind a computer screen.
(CNN) – The Cuban-U.S. spy swap comes with significant and some would even say detestable strings attached.
Members of the so-called 'Cuban Five' were not just secret agents for the Cuban government. One of them was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, linked to the 1996 plot to shoot down two planes carrying Cuban-American activists who worked for the group "Brothers to the Rescue."
Mario de la Pena and Armando Alejandre were two men killed in that attack. Mario's mother, Miriam de la Pena, and Armando's daughter, Marlene Alejandre Triana, joined "The Lead" to react to the U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap.
"This is a slap in our faces. It is very sad that an innocent man like Alan Gross is going to be exchanged for a criminal, somebody that wanted to do so much harm to the United States of America like Gerardo Hernandez, because he is not only tied to the shoot down and the murder of my son, Marlene's dad and two other Americans. He's tied to espionage, and wanting to do harm to the United States of America," Miriam de la Pena told CNN's Jake Tapper.
(CNN) – An incredible sense of heartache has gripped an entire nation in the aftermath of a savage attack on a Pakistani school. But Pakistan's prime minister vowed today that the deaths of 145 people, most of them children, would not be in vain.
(CNN) – Bradley Stone, the Pennsylvania man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-law, was an Iraq war veteran who previously had minor run-ins with the law, including three DUI arrests.
Court documents also show he was in a heated custody battle with his ex-wife, over their two little girls, and according to a neighbor, Stone’s former spouse was in constant fear for her life.
Matthew Schafte, a long time friend of Stone, speaks with Jake Tapper and shines more light on the alleged gunman’s life leading up to the attacks.
The Lead with Jake Tapper draws not only on Tapper’s deep knowledge of politics and national issues, but also seeks to examine and advance stories across a wide range of topics that demonstrate his own curiosities and interests. Compelling headlines come from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, sports to popular culture, based on news drivers of the day.
The Lead with Jake Tapper airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET.
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