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26 Dead in West Virginia Flooding; EU: Urgent for UK to Appoint New Prime Minister; Report: Clinton Didn't Hand Over Key Emails; EU Divorce Triggers Global Instability; Online "Sextortion" Snares Unwary Victims; NFL to Interview Superstars About Drug Allegations. Aired 7- 8a ET
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[07:00:00] ERIN BURNETT, CNN ANCHOR: Stocks hammered with the biggest drop in nearly five years.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: People want to take their country back. I really believe that and I think it's happening in the United States.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: One thing that will not change is the special relationship that exists between our two nations.
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CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you so much for being with us. We always appreciate your company. I'm Christi Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening -- good morning, rather. I'm Victor Blackwell.
We begin with breaking news this morning just coming in, 26 people now dead in West Virginia where historic flooding has ravaged parts of the state.
PAUL: Yes. We know search and recovery efforts are ongoing there this morning. Among the victims, two young boys in Justin County, that's just north of Charleston. Take a look at the pictures we're getting in, though. Overnight, crews finished a temporary road that allowed 500 people to escape a shopping center. They had been stranded there since Thursday. Dozens of others had to be rescued there rooftops as the water rose higher and higher.
BLACKWELL: Brynn Gingras is live this morning in Clendenin for us.
Brynn, what are you seeing?
BRYNN GINGRAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor and Christi, now that water has receded, and is that search and recovery effort you guys talked about, we had 23 confirmed fatalities, well, three more happened overnight. Sheriff told us three people found in their homes and they drowned. And that's the devastating part of this, the National Guard officials are starting to circulate around this area.
We're in Clendenin, which is one of the hardest areas, and they're finding all of this damage and again, three people in addition now have died because of the storm. I just want to show you this car, because take a look it, because this is one car that was pushed by the floodwaters. When it receded the river here, the Elk River, and it's damaged.
There are probably two dozen, three dozen cars in this parking lot alone that have been damaged by the storm and we're talking about houses, we're talking about cars, property, and it's completely devastating here in West Virginia.
GINGRAS (voice-over): Homes swept away, bridges unhinged and streets completely submerged. It's a scene of desolation in West Virginia, in what's been called a one thousand year event.
GOV. EARL RAY TOMBLIN (D), WEST VIRGINIA: I can tell you from watching the footage, the damage is widespread and devastating.
GINGRAS: The heavy flooding has lifted rivers and creeks clear out of their banks, leaving thousands stranded and without power, gas or water. Some houses launched from their foundations by the gushing water exploded into flames.
CW SIGMAN, KANAWA COUNTY COMMISSION: There's a lot of just utter devastation this some areas, the hopes are gone, a lot of areas homes are covered in water and once the water went up down, it's covered in mud.
GINGRAS: Forty-four counties and counting have declared a state of emergency with 200 National Guard members deployed to help with rescue and response efforts.
TOMBLIN: Unfortunately, we've dealt with weather emergencies all too often in the past several years. So, we were prepared to act quickly.
GINGRAS: Summersville Lake located in the battered town of Richwood rose 38 inches in just 24 hours. And as the water levels reach their highest in half a century, officials were forced to open all three dam valves, something they haven't done in nearly 15 years.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's crazy. My 26 years, I've never seen this bad. I've seen stuff floating down the river and we had a flood. I think it was in 2003 and it's nothing like this.
GINGRAS: Yes, it's just pure devastation here. We actually talked to a man this morning who slipped of a mountain just to be able to get out of that water. He returned home and he said that he went into his house and he doesn't know if it needs to be torn down or if he can rebuild what has been damaged. But also, I you can see the National Guard, they are making the rounds
here in this area of West Virginia, trying to check on people if they need any help. To the right of them, you can see even there, Dairy Queen, it's a balcony there in the front of it, it collapsed during the floodwaters.
I'm losing my words with all this damage here. But certainly, it is a devastating scene. And unfortunately, now we're at the point where people are coming in and trying to recover and figure out what is left of their lives.
Back to you, guys.
BLACKWELL: Devastating there. Brynn Gingras there for us -- thank you so much, Brynn.
PAUL: And just getting word of European Union leaders who are meeting, they're just leaving a meeting. And have made it apparently obvious that they want to expedite this divorce process because as we talk about what is happening overseas with United Kingdom, being rocked by this vote to leave the European Union, a couple things at stake. First of all, who is going to leave the U.K. now in this transition?
[07:05:02] Prime Minister David Cameron says he'll be gone by October. But all these leaders now saying, uh-huh, we don't want to wait that long.
BLACKWELL: Yes, not nearly soon enough for the founding members of the E.U. They say they want him out sooner potentially within days, maybe weeks. That sets up the fight over, of course, who will replace him? A decision that will have a major impact on how the U.K.'s divorce from the E.U. will proceed.
Let's go now to Clarissa Ward. She joins us now from London.
And, Clarissa, Prime Minister Cameron says that the U.K. needs those months to make sure that this is a smooth transition. But those founding members of the E.U. say, let's get this on the road, few days at the most.
CLARISSA WARD, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Victor. Well, divorces never easy, but what we are witnessing here is the beginning of what is likely to be an extremely lengthy and very difficult negotiation process. We heard just now from those E.U. foreign ministers that they want to expedite this, they want to get the Brexit starting as soon as possible.
This is in stark contrast to what we heard from Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday who said I'll hand over in three months. Then, the process can begin. We heard from pro-Brexit leaders wanted it to take its time, that they didn't want to hasten things too much.
So quite clearly there is a disagreement between the U.K. and Britain and how quickly it should begin and how divorce as I said is always tough, but here in the U.K., there is real soul searching going on. And I want to show you one of the newspapers that came out today, a tabloid, but I think it smells out what the concern is for many people in this country, and can I just say, many people who voted both to leave the E.U. and who voted to stay in the E.U., because the reality is we are in unchartered territory here. And whether you support or oppose the Brexit, most Britons are asking themselves the same question, you see it right here, what the heck happens next?
As I also mentioned, a lot of soul searching going on. Britain very much aware that this is a deeply divided country.
So, let's go now to our international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson outside 10 Downing Street, where David Cameron announced his resignation just yesterday.
Nic, I mean, this was a stunning rebuke to the British establishment. What is the reaction and who do you think may take over from Prime Minister Cameron?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Well, there are two people who really are in the running. One of them is Boris Johnson. He was one of the leading of the leave campaign. He was a school pal of David Cameron. They went to university together. They were in the same drinking club in university. They had sort of parallel political careers. Boris Johnson, the former London mayor.
And when he entered on the "leave" campaign side, he was widely seen as angling for the job number 10 Downing Street. And you also have the home secretary in charge of British security, Theresa May, she was loyal to Cameron and stayed with the remain campaign. They are sort of the two leading figures.
But, of course, as you were just saying, there is extreme pressure put on David Cameron and his Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, Theresa May and all the others now from the European leaders. It seems toe the position emerging from this meeting, that we heard the French foreign minister quite literally saying, the British need to appoint a leader, there are financial consequences implied for all of us if it doesn't happen quickly.
They feel under pressure. They want to keep the European Union together. So I can expect that we're going to see an uptick in the tempo of affairs here because obviously the British who are essentially on the back foot in this negotiation already, they want to leave. Europeans can dictate the terms and they won't want to anger then and put themselves in an even worse light. They're waiting three months with David Cameron in play there, the initial approach, Clarissa.
WARD: Nic, 66 percent of young people actually voted to remain in the E.U. Is the United Kingdom no longer united?
ROBERTSON: Well, geographically it isn't. We certainly had a large percentage, about 61 percent I believe of people over 65 years of age who voted to leave. There is a divide. The elder part of the generation are the ones who originally signed up for the E.U. back in the '70s. They voted in that referendum. They're the ones that feel disenchanted and disaffected by the results we've seen over the past four decades. The younger generation of course thinking of their futures and understand Europe in an entirely different way, and apparently want it more than the older generation -- Clarissa.
WARD: All right. Nic Robertson, thank you very much.
[07:10:01] We'll have a lot more from across Europe on the aftershocks of this seismic event. But for now, back to you, Christi, in Atlanta.
PAUL: All right. Appreciate it, Clarissa Ward and Nic, of course. Thank you.
Let's talk about what is happening here.
BLACKWELL: Yes, we saw the response from the presidential candidates here in the U.S. after the announcement of the result of that vote. And Donald Trump said one of the many things he said, that a weak British pound is good news for his golf courses, at least the one there in Scotland.
PAUL: So, we'll talk about the candidate's trip overseas and how both he and Secretary Clinton are trying to turn the Brexit into campaign cash for them.
Also ahead, how a simple friend request on social media can quickly lead to demands for money. We're going to tell you how to avoid becoming a victim of the latest Internet scam out there.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're going to have to pay me $1,500. Otherwise, I'm going to send this out to all of your friends and family.
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BLACKWELL: Welcome back. Thirteen minutes after the hour now.
One British vote, two very different American responses. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tried to raise money off the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union. Trump tying the move to his open efforts, telling supporters voters put the United Kingdom first and took their country back. Clinton countered with this, we cannot make the same mistake citing the resignation of the prime minister, the plummeting of the pound, stock markets around the world, et cetera.
We're joined now by two of our commentators, Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord, and Time Warner Cable News political anchor Errol Louis.
Good morning to both of you.
JEFFREY LORD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning, Victor.
BLACKWELL: So I want to start with you, Errol. Clinton, in her statement, her fundraising letter, did not mention the
frustration, the anger of British voters who cast their ballot. They simply talked about, as we mentioned, the pound, prime minister and markets. Was that a mistake?
ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: No, not at all. I don't think there is an easy fit between the anger of voters in Britain over some very different issues and what we see going on in the United States.
So, it's probably best I think in her case to simply avoid that. And to the extent that one wants to make what in my opinion is kind of a simplistic analogy, it doesn't work to her advantage. So, it's probably best for her to leave it alone.
What we saw in Europe is that, a lot of concerns about immigration, but that's in part because with the E.U. situation, what they were doing with border controls in a place like, say, Italy, or Spain, would have an impact on Britain and voters were very upset and concerned about it because they really didn't have a lot of control over it. Very different situation here in the United States.
BLACKWELL: Jeffrey, when asked about the Brexit, Trump had this to say about the British currency. Watch.
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TRUMP: Look, if the pound goes down, they will do more business. When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry frankly.
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BLACKWELL: You know, Trump has started this new hashtag, #imwithyou, speaking to the American people. Is talking about the implications for his own personal wealth, for his business, the appropriate tone?
LORD: Sure. Victor, that's capitalism. And the American people in this case understand capitalism.
I mean, the complaint in that there is too much government and too much regulation. And they want more freedom. They want capitalism. And that's what Donald Trump is talking about there.
One of the things that strikes me, Prime Minister Cameron several weeks ago or longer than that had stood on the floor of parliament and said that Donald Trump was stupid. So, Donald Trump is over there as we speak opening a golf course, a successful entrepreneurial capitalistic venture, and Prime Minister Cameron has had to resign.
And I would just respectfully suggest here that Prime Minister Cameron, Hillary Clinton and a whole lot of other people have this problem of being in this elitist bubble. They're not talking to their own folks and people are really angry. That has resulted certainly with Republicans in this country not understanding this as their base move to Donald Trump. And in Britain, they didn't understand this and Brexit lost. So I really do think there is a problem here. (CROSSTALK)
BLACKWELL: Let me come to you, because the concern over his golf courses when talking about the currency reinforces the concerns, the questions about if Donald Trump is focusing primarily on his business interests or if he's focusing on the country as he runs for president.
LOUIS: Well, sure. In fact it raises an issue that I'm sure Hillary Clinton will pick up on, which is that Donald Trump said, hey, who cares if the British pound drops by historic amounts over the last 30 years. I'll do better. My golf course will to better.
Meanwhile, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of value was lost in the market yesterday. Meanwhile, interest rates will probably have to go up just to try to prop up the British pound. Meanwhile, there's going to be all kinds of economic dislocation, people who will have to pick up and either leave Great Britain or cancel plans to open businesses there or do well there. I think there will be an economic contraction almost without a doubt.
But, yes, Donald Trump I guess can make a little extra money. I think we'll hear a lot more of this will kind of conversation and people will have to ask themselves, you know, will helping this billionaire make a little more money really offset the needs of the nation and indeed the world.
BLACKWELL: Let's step away from Brexit for a moment. And another revelation from Hillary Clinton's e-mail server, the "Wall Street Journal", I should say, is reporting that there was an e-mail that was discovered as part of the State Department's inspector general's investigation from 2010 from former Secretary Clinton to her aide Huma Abedin and this is what it said.
This is what Clinton wrote. "Let's get separate address or device, but I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible."
Now, that e-mail was not handed over as part of the 55,000 e-mails that were handed over to the Department of State. I wonder, does this continue to reinforce those concerns about the drip, drip, grip of the server or as the Clinton folks will say, this is a nonissue?
LOUIS: Well, I'd be leaning toward nonissue to tell you the truth. I think from day one, she has said that what she wanted to do, whether you believe it or not, whether you think it was appropriate or not, but what she had said consistently is that she wanted separation from things like planning birthdays for her grandchildren and dealing with issues as secretary of state and the e-mail sounds like one more kind of communication trying to do this thing.
[07:20:08] Now, did she do it the right the way and did it suggest that she was trying to sort of cover up something I think is the more lurid Clinton haters keep saying, you know, does this mean she has to go to jail or something like that? I'd say absolutely not.
BLACKWELL: Well, the question and I'm going to come to you, Jeffrey, I expect you'll have a different response here -- (LAUGHTER)
BLACKWELL: -- that it wasn't simply about the content of the e-mail, but that the email was not handed over as one of the 55,000 to the State Department before the inspector general's investigation.
LORD: Right. Victor, here's the problem. I recall being on CNN sometime this summer and we had a poll I think it was from Quinnipiac in which they had asked voters to free associate and supply descriptors of the candidates. And the number one descriptor volunteered by voters of Hillary Clinton was "liar" followed immediately by "dishonest".
All this does is emphasize that problem. This is a real serious problem for her. And the very fact that she's instructing, you know, I want two different things here and this thousand co now comes to light, the question arises immediately, this is not just about weddings and grandchildren and these kind of thing. This is about people from the Clinton Foundation, all the back room deals that have been out there.
I mean, this is a problem and it goes right straight to her integrity and that is a big political problem for her.
BLACKWELL: All right. Jeffrey, Errol, thank you both. We'll continue the
LORD: Thanks, Victor. Thanks, Errol.
LOUIS: Thanks, Victor.
BLACKWELL: All right.
PAUL: Well, leaders within the European Union are offering a warning against mass hysteria and deciding how they need to move forward.
Atika Shubert is live with the details.
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right. Germany's foreign minister here meeting with other E.U. foreign ministers to figure out what do they have to do next to keep other members from leaving, coming up.
[07:25:24] PAUL: Twenty-five minutes past the hour right now.
The U.K. credit rating outlook slashed to negative after the country voted to leave the European Union. The ratings agency Moody says the result will bring a, quote, "prolong period of uncertainty." And we know the markets hate that.
This, of course, as the Brexit vote causes chaos in the stock markets and drops Britain's currency to its lowest level in more than 30 years.
Nina dos Santos is joining us now.
Nina, so good to see you.
Markets we know fell very sharply, the world over after this shocking vote. How much was lost? Do we have a good gauge on that and how it's going to affect the U.S. specifically?
NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Hi, good morning to you, Christi.
Well, at the moment we know that about $2 trillion was wiped off of global markets. We saw some really heavy selling starting out over in Asia, immediately when that Brexit results became apparent, we saw things like the Nikkei down by 7 percent, the U.K. London FTSE 100 recovered over the course of the day, but still closed down about 2.5 percent after opening down almost 9 percent. And some heavy losses in the United States to the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a ten month low.
A lot of people asking themselves on trading floors across the city of London, which is where I was reporting from yesterday evening, saying, look, is this going to be like Lehman Brothers all over again, is it going to be something that will tip the U.K. economy into recession but also have some major effects for other world economies?
And this is where I want come, how the United States could be affected. We already knew that the Federal Reserves, Janet Yellen, was on high alert for this turbulence because she decided to mention the outcome of the U.K. referendum twice in the last month when she was talking about why the United States may well have to pause a bit when it comes to raising interest rates.
And in short, what it means for U.S. citizens watching, how things are filing out over here, is that -- well, if you're not too worried about your 401(k) being beaten up on the markets yesterday and you're planning for a trip over here to the U.K., things will get cheaper. At least in the short run. And also, U.K. goods exported from this country over to America will get cheaper.
But in the long run, what it is is a sign of major turbulence in the markets. As you can see the British pound will now buy you $1.37. At one point, it was at $1.50 against the U.S. dollar. And at least these markets have tumbled, Christi, people have been planning in to things like gold, but they have also been coming out of oil.
PAUL: I mean, I know that going into this, there was an expectation that this would be the immediate reaction. But when we do look long term and what happens next, do you anticipate seeing more of this come Monday and then it will maybe hit some sort of a threshold?
DOS SANTOS: There is a real concern here that the U.K. is in store for a big period not just a political turbulence because remember, Christi, David Cameron chose to say that he's going to be stepping down, so there are big questions about who actually steers the U.K. into these unchartered waters and how will Brussels respond? The CEO of one big bank I was reporting from yesterday said to me, well, look, Nina, we've been through the hard part yesterday when, of course, we saw the markets fall so much, but that is the easy bit. Selling the news. Buying and selling and trading the rumor in the next few weeks to come is going to be what's really difficult. And so, that's where we could see markets remaining on edge. So, we'll have to see whether Brussels decides to play hard ball with the big meeting on Wednesday, and markets will be looking for more clues from that, Christi.
DOS SANTOS: From that meeting, no doubt about it. Nina Dos Santos, we appreciate it. Thank you, ma'am.
Well, the head of the United Nations meanwhile offering words of reassurance for the U.K. Will Ripley is live in Paris with that.
Good morning, Will.
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: And there are indications here, Christi, just within the last few minutes, that the people who support a Frexit, a France exit from the U.E. are meeting right now. We'll have the latest on that.
PAUL: Thank you, Will.
Also, why Britain may choose to go slow in leaving the European Union even though E.U.'s founding member even this morning seemed to one to extradite that process.
All righty. But first, a look at the mortgage rates this week.
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[07:33:05] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think we see the consequences already.
ERIN BURNETT, CNN ANCHOR: Britain's stunning decision to break away creating chaos and panic around the world. Stocks hammered with the biggest drop in nearly five years.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: People want to take their country back. I really believe that and I think it's happening in the United States.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: One thing that will not change is the special relationship that exists between our two nations.
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BLACKWELL: Welcome back to NEW DAY. I'm Victor Blackwell.
The aftershocks are spreading around the world after the U.K. votes to leave the European Union. We have a team of correspondents spread out across the continent. Clarissa Ward is anchoring with us in London. Atika Shubert is in Berlin. Will Ripley in Paris.
We're going to start with Clarissa outside the Houses of Parliament there in London.
Clarissa, good morning to you.
WARD: Good morning, Victor.
Well, one of the key issues moving forward will be how should the European Union change now that the U.K. has voted to leave? Should the member countries try to move rapidly or should they take their time to digest what has happened? And Germany's leaders are now warning against hysteria, their foreign minister saying just moments ago that now is the time to show they can deliver concrete results.
And with us now is senior international correspondent Atika Shubert in Berlin.
Atika, tell me. What else did they say?
SHUBERT: Yes, this is a meeting of the core members of the E.U. and they that clear that this was less about the U.K. leaving the E.U. and more about consolidating the spirit of the European Union. How to make sure that nobody else leaves basically. And so, there was a lot of talk about security immigration, reforms within the E.U. These are the things that they want to sort of drill down on and show that they're flexible enough to meet everyone's needs.
[07:35:01] But, of course, looming is the impending exit of the U.K. from the E.U. Now, Germany's foreign minister said I don't think that Great Britain will be made an example of, but there needs to be a new negotiation, new relationship with the U.K.
What form that will take is the key question. And Germany and others have said very clearly that if Britain votes to be out of the E.U., then out is out. That means no immediate access to the single market here, which may be a disappointment for some of those who voted for Brexit, hoping that they could renegotiate some sort of better deal.
It was also made clear that the U.K. leaving needs to happen as quickly and as soon as possible. The Belgian foreign minister saying they don't want to see four months of volatility. And without a new prime minister in place, until that time, we're likely to get just as much instability in the next few months, Clarissa.
WARD: Atika, I have to ask you, do you have the sense that privately, there is some panic among European leaders now?
SHUBERT: I think the biggest concern here is less economic and financial even though that's where we're seeing the immediate reaction and it's really about the political crisis. Trying to stem any sort of contagion, making sure that no other E.U. member even thinks of exiting the union.
So, what they have to do is show that there is no benefit to leaving. And that means, you know, renegotiating relationship with Great Britain that is, while perhaps not punishment, but certainly sets an example for others saying, don't follow the U.K. in this. The other thing they have to do is reform the E.U. from within, an acknowledgement that, yes, things are some things that are going wrong, maybe not everybody wants to move forward in lockstep.
So, to build in flexibility and reform. Both of these things will take a long time. It's not going to be resolved in months. We're looking at perhaps years before any of this gets sorted out.
WARD: OK. Atika Shubert, thank you very much.
Meanwhile in France, the French president met with the head of the U.N., who reassured the British that they will remain, quote, "solid partners".
Will Ripley is in Paris, following that part of the story.
Will, what are you hearing?
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Atika spoke of the fact that French officials along with many others here in Europe are conveying a sense of urgency in moving forward with the divorce as quickly as possible and also saying publicly that the European Union needs to be changed, that many people who feel that they have been left behind by globalization, who feel marginalized, who feel economically disadvantaged, will feel better represented under the current system.
But when Atika mentioned that this process could take years, that may not be soon enough because we have actually just learned in the past few minutes that informal meetings are happening this weekend between the National Front Party led by Marine Le Pen who has been pushing very strongly for a Frexit, a French exit or referendum before the voters of France also leaving the E.U., a meeting between her far right party and community organizers who also were in support of the Brexit and are now starting to organize in support of a Frexit.
So, that's how democracy works. Community organizers meet with government officials. In this case, this is a party that does have control at the moment here in France. The socialist party has control. The public isn't very happy with them. They have been losing popularity in the polls. Far right has been gaining popularity.
So, you can see how all of these elements together could spell certainly some serious concerns for the pro E.U. government here and elsewhere.
WARD: All right. A lot of concerns out there. Thank you, Will Ripley.
Well, after more than 40 years in the European Union, getting out could be a messy long and drawn out affair for Britain. We'll explain the necessary steps before anything can happen, that's coming up after the break.
[07:42:41] WARD: And welcome back to the show. I am Clarissa Ward here in London where we're covering the Brexit crisis from every angle.
The six founding members of the E.U. just concluded a meeting in Brussels where they call for Britain to sever its ties with the group as quickly as possible. They say they don't want to operate in a vacuum while Britain packs up to leave.
Britain however may choose to go slow as it unravels four decades of membership in the E.U. Already there are more than a million signatures on a petition in the U.K. demanding a new vote.
CNN correspondent Erin McLaughlin has the latest from Brussels, Belgium.
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So, it's official, the U.K. will become the first country to leave the 28-country bloc and the separation could be messy and difficult taking at least two years, probably more.
First, the U.K. invokes article 50 of the E.U. treaty which outlines the process for a country to leave. It's only five sections line, but those lines hold the key to the U.K.'s future, and how they're interpreted by both sides will make a world of difference.
Once Article 50 is invoked, then negotiations begin on treaties and trade deals. Everything from fishing and agriculture subsidies, to financial markets, to immigration, and each member state will have their say on every single subject. It's going to be a complex negotiation.
U.K. has just two years to negotiate its exit. After that, it could be unceremoniously kicked out of the E.U. Unless all remaining member states agree to extend that deadline.
And this Brexit has triggered fresh fears of further fractures in Europe. Scotland has already hinted that it may call its own independence vote so that it can join the E.U.
In fact, the only certain thing about a Brexit is that no one knows exactly what is going to happen. The U.K. will be sailing solo into unchartered waters.
Erin McLaughlin, CNN, Brussels.
WARD: OK. And we have some breaking news now. The United Kingdom's European Commissioner Lord Hill will stand down following the U.K.'s E.U. referendum. In a statement he said, quote, "What is done cannot be undone."
[07:45:00] And that's the latest from here. But let's go back to you, Victor and Christi, at the CNN Center in Atlanta.
PAUL: All right. Clarissa, thank you very much.
Yes, again the news about Britain's E.U. commissioner just coming down here. We'll keep you posted on how things progress throughout the day.
What seems though as we turn the tables here to so many of us on social media and parents watching your kids on social media, it might seem like harmless flirting, but it can turn into something much more sinister. We want to explain how not to become a victim of something that's out there and it's very real. It's called sextortion.
BLACKWELL: Plus, a developing story this morning in sport. An investigation into allegations of drug use in the NFL. Three star players named in an Al Jazeera America report late last year on PED use will finally be questioned by the NFL.
BLACKWELL: Welcome back.
If you use social media, be extra careful about who you accept as a friend, especially if that invitation or that request rather is from a flirtatious attracted stranger.
PAUL: Not as good as it sounds perhaps when you first see it. There is a reasonably good chance here that the friendly gesture is really a setup and if compromising videos or photos are involved, it can lead to what's called sextortion.
I want to introduce to tech correspondent Laurie Segall with CNN Money and we do want to forewarn you here. Some of these images could be offensive, so there's your head's up.
LAURIE SEGALL, CNN MONEY TECH CORRESPONDENT: Horror story of the digital age.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I got a friend request from this really beautiful woman.
SEGALL: A friend request that led to an online chat and a compromising video. Within minutes, the person on the other side demanding money.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She goes ahead and says, well, you know, you're going to have to pay me $1,500, otherwise I'm going to send this out to all of your friends and family and I said, $1,500 seems really steep. I will give you $50.
SEGALL: It didn't work. The embarrassing video was splashed across the Internet. It's called sextortion, a form of online harassment where perpetrators use personal info to extort victims for images or money. And it's becoming scarily common. A new study of 1,600 U.S. victims 18 to 25 finds women are the primary
targets. Nearly half said they were under 18 when the abuse started. Most already knew the perpetrator.
One 17-year-old victim was targeted on a video chat site. Quote, "He was choking a cat and said if I didn't do what I said he would kill the cat." His demand, show him her breasts. She did it and he posted it on Facebook.
The fallout from these incidents can be devastating. They've been linked to suicides and can also be isolating. According to the study, victims who did go to the police said they didn't get much help.
CNN has heard similar story. Here's how Nikki, a woman whose boyfriend secretly recorded her and posted images across the web described it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Law enforcement told me, how do you want us to help you? How do you think we can possibly help you?
SEGALL: Torn, a nonprofit that helped conduct the study is now working with 25 major tech companies. It's part of the task force to raise awareness and build tech tools to combat online sexual exploitation. But until law enforcement and tech companies catch up, many victims still helpless.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Have you ever heard of shame or dignity? I lost those and I didn't think I would ever figure out how to regain shame, dignity, respect for myself, a feeling of the safety or self-worth. You just want to hide.
PAUL: Now, we -- as we just heard there most victims are girls under the age of 18. Only about half tell their family or friends what's going on.
So, here's what we can do, particularly parents to try to protect our children. First of all, initiate a dialog with them. Talk about the risks of unsupervised use of social media and talk about the dangers of communicating online with people they do not know, particularly sending videos and photos and keep those lines of communication open.
So, if a problem does come up hopefully your child will be comfortable enough to confide in you.
BLACKWELL: All good advice. The NFL is interviewing players over possible illegal drug use.
Andy Scholes has a preview for us.
ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hey, good morning, guys.
Six months ago, Peyton Manning called the Al Jazeera America PED documentary complete garbage. Now, the NFL wants to hear what the other players connected to the report have to say. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
[07:56:41] PAUL: Well, three NFL superstars facing tough questions about their roles in a report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.
BLACKWELL: Andy Scholes is here with some details for us.
SCHOLES: Hey, good morning, guys.
You know, the NFL has been planning to speak to all of the players that were named in that al Jazeera America report from last December from quite some time.
CNN Sports has obtained a letter from the league saying it plans to talk to Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews of the Packers and James Harrison of the Steelers. And the letter states these interviews are going to take place the first day of their respective training camp, the Packers start training camp July 26, Steelers get going a few days later.
Now, the letter also note, the NFL, they tried to interview these players since April, but the players association failed to respond and has, quote, "obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation."
Now, we have reached out to the players for comment, but have not heard back. Now, previously, all three of these players previously have denied using performance enhancing drugs. This is the same documentary that claimed the shipment of human growth hormones were sent to Peyton Manning's Florida home in 2011 addressed to his wife. Now, Manning called this report complete garbage and totally made up.
All of the allegations from the report were made by Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic. Now, Sly later recanted his claims. We'll, of course, keep you updated as this continues to develop.
Now, we have more drama for former quarterback Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football's father told ESPN that his son, quote, "is a druggie and needs help." Paul Manziel also said jail would be the best place for his son. He went on to say, quote, "Two things are going to happen here. He's either going to die or he's going to figure out that he needs help."
This comes on the same day that Manziel's lawyer accidentally texted details about the alleged domestic violence incident with his ex- girlfriend to "The Associated Press". Attorney reportedly said he's seeking a plea deal because he doubts his client can remain clean and sober.
Manziel, of course, released by the Browns in March. He's been spotted partying several times since then.
And we do have another story to just weeks bore the start of the Olympic Games, Rio's anti doping lab has been shut down and its accreditation suspended. The World Anti-Doping Agency sites nonconformity with international lab standards for the suspension, but not providing specific details and another lab could be chosen to conduct the test, the Rio agency hopes to have the accreditation back in time for the games.
You know, guys, there's a giant spotlight on performance enhancing drugs as we head to the Olympics, because of everything that's been going on in Russia and whatnot. So, it's going to be interesting to see how all of this develops because we know everybody is going to be paying attention to these labs.
BLACKWELL: More problems for Rio, too. My goodness.
SCHOLES: Not positive news coming out of Rio lately.
PAUL: I want to go back to the Manziel thing for a minute. It sounds to me like a man who is at his wits' end. To come out and public and say, my son is a druggie, that has to be a big deal.
SCHOLES: He did get Johnny to rehab but Johnny left rehab just after days being there and his father has not been able to get him back. As you can see, he just doesn't know where to go.
BLACKWELL: Andy Scholes, thank you so much.
PAUL: Andy, thank you very much.
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