Putin to US: 'Nyet' to turning over NSA leaker, says Snowden free to travel wherever he wants

  • Article by: MATTI HUUHTANEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 6:00 PM

MOSCOW — Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

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heckyousayJun. 25, 13 6:11 AM

I was going to say that maybe the Russkies are waterboarding him for info, but a more likely scenario is that this traitor is spilling his guts to anybody and everybody who will listen.

nessmessJun. 25, 13 6:35 AM

Three countries outright rejecting US gov request for extradition (and more to follow)... Quote: "There are no legal grounds for such conduct of U.S. officials, The decision on whether to grant Snowden asylum is a choice between "betraying the citizens of the world or betraying certain powerful elites in a specific country."..... Perhaps, we need to step back and look at the Big picture.. IS what the US gov't doing, right? If you understand your right's as a US citizen, then you should already know the answer to the question...

upnorth85Jun. 25, 13 6:49 AM

While I am not happy at the prospect of Snowden hobnobbing with countries that are not friends of the US, I am definitely alarmed at the massive data being collected by the US. This almost seems like a police state. Both sides of the aisle seem to support the gross violation of US citizen privacy rights. What has congress got to hide?

edinawaterJun. 25, 13 6:55 AM

When I was a kid the news carried stories about people who fled the Soviet Union to seek asylum in the United States. Today the picture is reversed. We need to step back and look at what has become of this country.

diogenesnyJun. 25, 13 6:59 AM

Now Mr. Snowden is likely finding out what a bad idea it was to travel into Russia with a treasure trove of classified information and no guaranteed exit. I expect he's finding out what an actual totalitarian nation is like.

firefight41Jun. 25, 13 7:02 AM

I would not doubt that the next bit of information we hear about our whistleblower is that he is living in Iceland.

ckoecherJun. 25, 13 7:05 AM

Neo-Fascism is alive and well in America.

unclemushyJun. 25, 13 7:09 AM

I guess this proves what liberals have been claiming all along: The world loves Obama.

wallyworldmnJun. 25, 13 7:10 AM

While there are some that blindly believe he is not a traitor (I believe he is), the one thing that we all will probably agree on is that Snowden has now become a political pawn. It seems highly unlikely that he will ever get to return to the U.S. as a free man and he has gotten into something that is way over his head.

u4775Jun. 25, 13 7:18 AM

Calling Snowden a traitor is a kneejerk reaction. All he did was tell the American people what everyone in Washington already knew. It is all about keeping secrets, but does it really matter if secrets are exposed? Only to the people who know what you don't, it is their power. It happens all the time and the sun still rises the next day. Does anyone with a brain think that terrorists don't already know or suspect this was happening. Does anyone with a brain think the Russians or Chinese didn't already know this. The only people in the dark were the American people and other innocents around the world.


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