Today's Situation Room:

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

June 24th, 2013
06:51 PM ET

Sources: IRS targeted liberal groups too

The acting head of the tax agency has released his first report examining the targeting of conservative groups.

RELATED STORY: IRS probe finds more screening lists


Filed under: Dana Bash • IRS
June 24th, 2013
06:50 PM ET

How did a red panda escape from zoo?

Rusty the red panda has been found outside the National Zoo in a busy D.C. neighborhood.

RELATED STORY: Vanishing acts: Ed Snowden, red panda

Post by:
Filed under: Animals • Brian Todd • Washington
June 24th, 2013
06:48 PM ET

More companies cut ties with Paula Deen

Smithfield Foods condemns the use of discriminatory language by chef Paula Deen and ends its partnership with her.

RELATED STORY: Smithfield Foods drops Paula Deen


Filed under: Alina Machado • Paula Deen
June 24th, 2013
06:48 PM ET

Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

CNN's Tom Foreman maps out where NSA leaker Edward Snowden could be.

RELATED STORY: Fair trial impossible in U.S., Snowden tells Ecuador in asylum request


Filed under: Edward Snowden • NSA leaks • Tom Foreman
6 p.m. special: NSA leaker on the run
June 24th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

6 p.m. special: NSA leaker on the run

It’s a global game of hide and seek for admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is trying to outrun and outsmart U.S. authorities and is stirring up international tensions along the way.

The 30-year-old former government contractor, who has been charged with espionage, left Hong Kong on Sunday for Russia’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. His whereabouts are unknown.

Fair trial impossible in U.S., Snowden tells Ecuador in asylum request

Snowden had been lying low in Hong Kong since his interview with The Guardian, in which he admittedly revealed the existence of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs.

Hong Kong allowed him to leave for Moscow, despite a U.S. request for extradition. Snowden was said to be heading for Cuba on Monday, but it is unclear whether or not be boarded a flight.

He is currently seeking asylum in several countries, including Ecuador and Iceland, and the U.S. is reaching out to a number of countries for help in trying to catch him and prosecute him.

Why would Snowden head for Ecuador?

Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, Wolf Blitzer anchors a special report, “The Situation Room: NSA Leaker on the Run.” CNN correspondents are around the world covering the manhunt and the diplomatic tug of war over his fate, including Barbara Starr at the Pentagon, Jill Dougherty at the State Department, Paula Newton in Ecuador, David McKenzie in Beijing and Jessica Yellin at the White House.

We’ll also bring you CNN’s Elise Labott interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on U.S efforts to bring Snowden back to the United States, and CNN’s Christiana Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, Tom Fuentes and Jeffrey Toobin join Wolf for full analysis.

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