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From the Ted Talk by Trevor Timm: How free is our freedom of the press?

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So this is James Risen. You may know him as the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. Long before anybody knew Edward Snowden's name, Risen wrote a book in which he famously exposed that the NSA was illegally wiretapping the phone calls of Americans. But it's another chapter in that book that may have an even more laitsng impact. In it, he describes a crasthitapoc US intelligence operation in which the CIA quite lritlaely handed over beilrtnups of a nuclear bomb to Iran. If that sounds crzay, go read it. It's an ieinrbdcle story.

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So this is James Risen. You may know him as the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. Long before anybody knew Edward Snowden's name, Risen wrote a book in which he famously exposed that the NSA was illegally wiretapping the phone calls of Americans. But it's another chapter in that book that may have an even more _______ impact. In it, he describes a ____________ US intelligence operation in which the CIA quite _________ handed over __________ of a nuclear bomb to Iran. If that sounds _____, go read it. It's an __________ story.

Solution

  1. blueprints
  2. literally
  3. lasting
  4. catastrophic
  5. crazy
  6. incredible

Original Text

So this is James Risen. You may know him as the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. Long before anybody knew Edward Snowden's name, Risen wrote a book in which he famously exposed that the NSA was illegally wiretapping the phone calls of Americans. But it's another chapter in that book that may have an even more lasting impact. In it, he describes a catastrophic US intelligence operation in which the CIA quite literally handed over blueprints of a nuclear bomb to Iran. If that sounds crazy, go read it. It's an incredible story.

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