Today in internal and international relations

The Washington Post boasts the scoop on the American executive, former FBI agent and Qataris who sought to free Peter Theo Curtis (981 shares). There are many memorable details in this piece, but here are a couple of the best: The New Yorker's Evan Osnos notes, "When Theo Curtis was freed, Qatar intel chief Kubaisi texted David Bradley ‘Done,' with a thumbs-up emoji." And at the New York Times, Michael Slackman liked this: "Peter's mother says when he gets home she is going to confiscate his passport. What parent can't relate?" Upon reading, NYT's Rukmini Callimachi concludes, "There is no better friend for a journalist than the Atlantic's David Bradley."

And at The InterceptRyan Gallagher takes a close look at how the NSA built its own secret Google (11,304 shares). Although Technology Review's Tom Simonite points out, "NSA's 'Google-like' surveillance tool better called HotBot-like: pulls results from other services not own database."

Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. military is preparing for surveillance flights over Syria (1,551 shares). "Whoopee do but a bit late," AFP's Arthur MacMillan grouses.

And back to the Post, Karoun Demirjian and Annie Gowen report that Putin will meet with Ukrainian counterpart in high-stakes summit amid tense situation (283 shares). "Russia says Russian soldiers crossed Ukraine border by 'mistake.' Oh and Putin/Poroshenko meeting today. Going well," Business Insider's Brett LoGiurato wryly notes.

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