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Putin: Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport, Won't Be Extradited - VIDEO

Russian President Vladmir Putin says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is in the transit area of a Moscow airport and won't be extradited, the AP reports:

SnowdenPutin said that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border and is free to go anywhere. Speaking on a visit to Finland Tuesday, he added that Russian security agencies "didn't work and aren't working" with Snowden. He gave no more details.

Commenting on a U.S. request to extradite him, Putin said that Russia doesn't have an extradition agreement with the U.S. and thus wouldn't meet the U.S. request. He voiced hope that Snowden will depart as quickly as possible and that his stopover at Moscow's airport wouldn't affect bilateral ties.

Euronews had more earlier on Moscow and Beijing's resistance to U.S. criticism over Snowden, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I really hope he finds a safe haven. Ecuador? Iceland?

    Posted by: Charles | Jun 25, 2013 12:33:01 PM

  2. He exposed criminal behaviour of our government against its own citizens. He deserves a full and complete pardon. The media and politicians should be focusing on the main crime of unreasonable search without cause rather than the picayune details of Snowden's life.

    And, while we're talking about it, David Gregory should be fired for the ridiculous question he asked on NBC.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 25, 2013 12:43:14 PM

  3. Hopefully this traitor against his own country can be apprehended as soon as possible. It is now clear that he is working closely with the Russian and Chinese intelligence forces who are facilitating his "escape".

    Posted by: franklin | Jun 25, 2013 12:46:49 PM

  4. Taken at face value, it would appear the Chinese and Russians know he's too hot to handle and want to get rid of him ASAP. But where can he go, especially without a passport?

    Eddie is radioactive at this point.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 25, 2013 12:50:04 PM

  5. @MikeinBoston,

    It's 'color', not 'colour'. Colour is something TR's resident uber troll from Toronto would write.

    Just saying.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 25, 2013 12:51:42 PM

  6. It is sad people keep calling him and Bradley Manning heros. Both are traitors, especially this guy has admitted his goal was to get a job with a contractor like Boz Allen and expose top secret information.

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 25, 2013 12:55:16 PM

  7. @ratbastard - I am a product of the British and Canadian education system. Given the consistently questionable spelling and grammar appearing in the comments sections and, oftentimes, the articles of this blog, I think you can grant exception to the occasional anglicised spelling. And, just to address your implication, I always post as MikeBoston so I can't take credit or blame for others' posts (and I have lived in Boston for the last 22 years).

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 25, 2013 1:00:31 PM

  8. @MikeBoston,

    I'm just teasing you.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 25, 2013 1:04:34 PM

  9. I don't think I would go as far as call him a hero but I do view him as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor. The Manning case is far more complex and I don't think a good comparison except that it is contemporary. The better example is Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. He used his security clearance to classified docs to expose a massive government conspiracy to mislead the citizens - a more apt comparison to Snowden's acctions. Also similar, the government lodged a concerted effort to discredit Ellsberg rather than address the massive felony he exposed.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 25, 2013 1:07:08 PM

  10. For someone claiming to care about Government abuse,
    he certainly has a love for snuggling up to Police States.

    There are no other governments on the planet as evil to their Citizens as China and Russia.

    His next stop: Cuba. No free elections or free press there either.

    This isn't about Government, this an ego trip propped up by one vile Authoritarian Regime after another.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jun 25, 2013 1:11:27 PM

  11. @ratbastard - If you're going to tease me, use your tongue. Down and to the left.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 25, 2013 1:13:16 PM

  12. @Mike in nyc - So far, I don't think we have seen anything to indicate Snowden's motives except for those he has disclosed. I hope it plays out that he had no ulterior motive except to have the truth come out. As for where he is taking shelter, I am enjoying the irony that we are asking these countries to extradite an outspoken critic of our government. The US has given (rightly so) safe harbour to dissidents from Russia, China, and Cuba for years.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 25, 2013 1:21:13 PM

  13. I consider myself a very progressive liberal, but if our Government is listening in and whatnot, and if it means we are safer, and according to the NSA, it has prevented about 55 further attacks, it doesn't bother me that much. Bush started it, and Congress has approved it. We live in scary times!!

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 25, 2013 1:30:27 PM

  14. @ratbastard: He has a passport. While the U.S. apparently revoked it, the passport is still in his possession and they can't make the ink on it suddenly disappear. It's not like he's going to tear it up simply because the U.S. revoked it, especially given the figurative hot water he is in.

    He did not receive a letter telling him to turn in his passport either - any such letter would be sitting in his mailbox at his now former home.

    My guess: if he finds a safe haven, he'll become rich from the movie rights - "nerd" runs rings around "men in black". Running rings around "men in black" has worked well before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEw2bfYvC4A (in this case a princess escaping from her duties for a day).

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 25, 2013 1:30:46 PM

  15. Excellent news.
    How could any country extradite to a requesting country which has made torture legal and has conducted torture and then destroyed evidence of the actual carrying out of torture?

    And even worse, a requesting country which has justified torture legally with bogus second rate opinions of White House Counsel Bybee and Yoo.
    In this issue of extradition, guilt or innocence is not the issue to be decided.
    The issues are; will Snowden get a fair trial ? Manifestly not.
    Will he be subject to torture disguised in the ugly words "enhanced interrogation" ?
    Any defence Counsel anywhere will resist extradition on the grounds that the USA is a torturing requesting country.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 25, 2013 1:32:08 PM

  16. @ Ratbastard :

    defence defence defence.
    colour colour colour.
    labour labour labour.
    honour honour honour.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 25, 2013 1:34:31 PM

  17. MikeinBoston, perhaps you're missing the irony, not to mention the appalling hypocritical blindness of whining about Government over reach while nestled in the Orwellian arms of the two most abusive Governments on the planet, Russia and China.

    It's like complaining about Genicide from while seeking refuge with Khmer Rouge.

    Daniel Ellisberg had the courage Not to flee, but to stand up for what was right. This twerp is simply a vanity case.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jun 25, 2013 1:45:45 PM

  18. Ellsberg did ultimately turn himself in but he also considered fleeing and had made some preparation to do so but changed his mind. Ellsberg himself has said that Snowden did the right thing. [Snowden, Ellberg, Manning] "chose to give priority to our oath to defend and support the Constitution, rather than our promise to keep secrets for our boss or for our agency, when those secrets were concealing evidence that the Constitution was being violated."

    I don't interpret Snowden using China and Russia as way stations to his ultimate destination as an endorsement of those governments. He chose Hong Kong knowing it would take a week for extradition requests to make it to China. Now I think he is only following the advice from WikiLeaks, etc.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 25, 2013 1:57:20 PM

  19. In this corner, we have a former KGB operative. In the other corner, we have a former community organizer. OK fight fans, place your bets....

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 25, 2013 1:57:42 PM

  20. It is incredible people are calling Snowden a traitor. It seems the government´s smearing campaing is paying off. He chose China and Russia because they are 2 of only a handful of countries that are very capable of dismissing US pressure. And the government that runs the biggest spying operation in the planet is acussing Snowden of espionage??? One has to laugh to keep from crying.

    Posted by: Davidd | Jun 25, 2013 2:24:58 PM

  21. I really wish some kinds of laws could be passed to protect responsible whistle blowers, but I don't need to explain why that's a pipe dream.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 25, 2013 2:33:07 PM

  22. It's very possible that Putin is lying. Snowden's location is unknown at this time.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 25, 2013 2:44:45 PM

  23. @ JackFknTwist,

    defense, defense, defense
    color, color, color

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 25, 2013 4:15:40 PM

  24. Rove and Cheney outed an active CIA operative (remember Valerie Plame?) for purely vindictive and political reasons. Neither of those traitors (a more legitimate use of the word than applying it to Snowden and Manning)have been so labeled by the press or even subjected to legal charges.

    People (most recently John Kerry) said "people may die because of Snowden's action". People may have died as a result of the Cheney/Rove Plame revelation. We'll probably never know.

    Obama has pursued "whistle blowers" of every kind in every department of government with a greater ferocity than any other President. A campaigner who among many other broken or forgotten promises spoke of transparency, but offers only greater opacity. Whether it's use of drones to assassinate US citizens or secret trade and energy deals, more and more government operations are now "classified".

    Are Snowden and Bradley Manning heroes? I suppose history will be the final judge. But I do not consider either to be traitors, and they may indeed be patriots. I do know privacy is now a figment of the American imagination and we have been transformed from a representative democracy to a friendly or benign fascist state. How much longer our fascist government will remain so benign is anyone's guess. We have elected to surrender our liberties for a little security. As Franklin warned, we may soon find we have neither.

    Posted by: Bob R | Jun 25, 2013 5:07:15 PM

  25. There is nothing heroic about this traitor fame whore.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 25, 2013 5:56:51 PM

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