This week in the Press Pool with Julie Mason on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel 124 we delved into some international intrigue with Iranian arms dealers and undercover ops; We snuck a peak at President Obama’s secret schedule and gasped audibly about allegations that Cuban spies were behind salacious tales involving the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
All of it very pearl-clutching, to be sure.
Manuel Roig-Franzia of the Washington Post had details on a request from Sen. Robert Menendez for an investigation into whether Cuban intelligence planted stories with U.S. news media about the New Jersey Democrat allegedly “cavorting” with underage prostitutes. The senator has denied the allegations.
Olivier Knox of Yahoo News created all sorts of consternation at the White House with his story about President Obama’s real daily schedule — as opposed to his public one. We also learned about wet-pulping documents deemed too sensitive for shredding.
The new book, Operation Shakespeare, by John Shiffman of Reuters is the incredible true story of an undercover sting operation by the Homeland Security Department that busted an Iranian arms dealer. John told Julie that his book is soon to be a movie.
Edward Snowden was back in the news with his request to Vladimir Putin to extend his stay in Russia. Julie talked with Warren Strobel of Reuters about prospects for the NSA whistleblower to ever return home.
And it’s no secret to listeners that Julie really wanted the Republicans to hold their 2016 convention in Las Vegas, but alas — they choose Cleveland. Shira Center of Roll Call is a Yinzer from Pittsburgh but told Julie that Cleveland has much to recommend it.