Quotations of the day

AP News
Posted: Jun 10, 2013 3:02 AM

"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them." — Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA in a statement after allowing himself to be revealed as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs.


"The United States will continue to look for ways to strengthen the capabilities of the Syrian opposition." — White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan as the Obama administration could decide this week to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the civil war-wracked nation.


"Normally, China has been on North Korea's side, but now the United States and China have joined hands to urge North Korea to denuclearize, which is a very tough situation for North Korea." — Chang Yong-seok, a senior researcher at Seoul National University's Institute for Peace and Unification Studies in comments saying North Korea was probably motivated to hold talks with Seoul because it wants to ease a sense of crisis over its deepening isolation from the rest of the world, including ally China.