President Obama said at a news conference in Senegal, “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” in reference to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. He also said that he won’t start “wheeling and dealing and trading” with China and Russia to extradite Snowden. Does anyone really think President Obama would really say what they plan to do about Edward Snowden?
Meanwhile, Ecuador’s Political Affairs Secretary Bety Tola said officials had not yet “dealt with” Snowden’s request for asylum because he is not in the country. Officials also denied statements this week by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Ecuador had given Snowden refugee documents to travel on after his U.S. passport was revoked.
The statements further muddy an already complicated set of scenarios involving Snowden, who apparently remained in a Moscow airport with Russian officials suggesting it’s time for him to move on.
Russia says it has no interest in arresting him, but for a second day, a top Russian official questioned how long he will be hanging around Sheremetyevo International Airport. Source: CNN
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