The Edward Snowden NSA leaking scandal lives for yet another day. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) are calling for tough action against Russia over President Vladimir Putin’s refusal to extradite Edward Snowden. The reality is that attacking Vladimir Putin will only pique the Russians’ interest in what is on Snowden’s computers and could backfire.
“They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They’re always putting their finger in our eye,” said Schumer on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing for repercussions against Russia.
Schumer added that the U.S. should also consider imposing sanctions on Ecuador as well to dissuade the nation from providing asylum to Snowden.
McCain said the U.S. should “deal realistically, not a return of the Cold War, but realistically with Vladimir Putin.” The Arizona senator called Putin’s refusal to expel Snowden “a direct slap in the face to America.” Source: The Hill
This comes as Edward Snowden, possibly now the puppet of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, released documents to Germany-based Der Spiegel, saying the U.S. bugged European Union offices to gain access to their computer network. The U.S. government’s only comment was that America collects intelligence information that their European counterparts also collect.