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sports lead

June 21st, 2013
05:37 PM ET

NFL player linked to shooting death, has history of violence

It's the story of a talented football player, suddenly tied up in a murder investigation, who takes off in a white SUV. Sound hauntingly familiar?

This time, the athlete in question is Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is tangled in a federal investigation after the body of his friend, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was found dead from multiple gun shot wounds less than a mile from the NFL star's mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Authorities searched the home Tuesday.

ABC News is reporting that the 23-year-old intentionally destroyed his sophisticated home security system, and smashed his cell phone before handing over the fragments to investigators.

The victim's sister, Olivia Thibou, told CNN that the two men were at a Boston nightclub together Friday night, and that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

"I wasn't there but I do know that they did go out this weekend," said Thibou. Asked if she knew if the two men had ever argued or had angry words between them, Thibou said no.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that police have recovered video, likely security video from the Dorchester neighborhood where Lloyd was from.

"On that video, a man who appears to be Aaron Hernandez with Lloyd in his company, and this would just a matter of hours before Lloyd's body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's house," said Mark Arsenault, of The Boston Globe.
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national lead

June 21st, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Obama finally meets privacy board

New documents published by The Guardian newspaper, leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, suggest that the British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, has accessed cables carrying the world's phone calls and internet traffic, and shares this information with the American National Security Agency.

The Obama administration had no comment Friday, as law enforcement officials continue their feverish manhunt to locate Snowden.

CNN's Nic Robertson reported Friday that a business partner of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he has plans in place to charter a plane to fly Snowden to Iceland if the government there agrees to grant him asylum.

"We just want to make it absolutely sure that if we start to transport the guy that he will be safe when he lands, he will not be extradited to U.S.," said Icelandic businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson.

The bigger issue is this massive surveillance program.
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national lead

June 21st, 2013
02:57 PM ET

Web exclusive: Vetting government contractors like Edward Snowden

Following contractor Edward Snowden's leak of classified details about U.S. surveillance programs, many are now questioning whether too many government contractors have too much access to sensitive material.

"There is an alarmingly insufficient level of oversight of the Federal Investigative Services program. The lack of independent verification of the organization that conducts these important background investigations is a clear threat to national security," Patrick McFarland, Inspector General of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management testified at a hearing before Congress Thursday.

Potential employees may pass background checks without a hitch, the real challenge comes later, said former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

"The difficulty is what happens if after they're in the job, something occurs that either ideologically or financial reasons, causes them to become disloyal. How do you detect that?" said Chertoff.

One of the arguments now being made is to have a less cumbersome upfront process, and implement one to continually monitor and review people who have been hired and cleared, "to make sure they don't go off the rails a year or two after they take their job," said Chertoff.

Watch "The Lead" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET for our full interview with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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pop lead

June 21st, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Hashtag you're it: Remembering James Gandolfini

On Thursday, we asked you to send us your favorite James Gandolfini memories on TV, in movies, or otherwise. Thank you to all tweeps who played, and a shout out to those who made air: @GavinHuang tweeted, "When he appeared on Sesame Street to talk about his fears, revealed the man's true character (http://t.co/hQrTI8HuPa)," @Timodc sent us, "when Christopher tells Tony about Adriana. Perfect mix of rage and compassion http://t.co/IVP37SomH2 ," and @RealMReynolds chose, "The AJ suicide rescue. Zero hesitation, suited and all. Culmination of a lot of things there."

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