Putin Says No To US Request To Extradite Snowden

Putin SC Putin says no to US request to extradite Snowden

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly rejected U.S. pleas to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday, saying Snowden is free to travel wherever he wants and insisting that Russian security agencies haven’t contacted him.

Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and has not passed through Russian immigration, Putin said, meaning he is not technically in Russia.

After arriving Sunday on a flight from Hong Kong, Snowden booked a seat on a Havana-bound flight from Moscow on Monday en route to Venezuela and then possible asylum in Ecuador, but he didn’t board the plane.

Snowden’s whereabouts since then have been a mystery, and Putin’s comments were the first time Russia has made clear it knows where he is.

Speculation has been rife that Russian security agencies might want to keep Snowden in Russia for a more thorough debriefing, but Putin denied that.

Read More at OfficialWire . By Matti Huuhtanen.

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Comments

  1. David F. says:

    I'm glad that Putin is metaphorically "grabbing Obama by the Balls" and crushing them!!

  2. Wiseoldlady says:

    GOD BLESS SNOWDEN…KEEP HIM SAFE AND GUIDE HIM TO THE CORRECT SAFE HAVEN. MAY HE HAVE A VERY LONG HAPPY LIFE. SO BE IT.
    as for ob…..your demands don't work with real men.

    • Seeks_the_truth says:

      God bless Snowden? If he had stayed in America and made his report with American journalists, I might agree with you.
      Snowden is not a hero nor is he a traitor. He did break an oath he took but should be applauded for bringing to light what everyone already knew.
      I'm seriously concerned on what national secrets he has given to China and now Russia.
      Seems Romney was right about Russia after all.

      • Edwardkoziol says:

        If any military person gets hurt because of something he ratted on then I'll see how you feel because right now I think he's a jerk and is looking to make a buck.

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          That's why I'm still giving him the benefit of the doubt. He hasn't let any info out that would hurt our Military….yet.
          If/when he does, all bets are off.

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    Putin knows how to handle the wimpy president we have.Obutthole is a jerk and that is all there is to it.

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