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Putin Gives Snowden 1 Year Asylum (Obama Hurt)

From a cheering Reuters:

Russia gives Snowden asylum, Obama-Putin summit in doubt

By Timothy Heritage and Steve Holland | August 1, 2013

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia rejected U.S. pleas and granted American fugitive Edward Snowden a year’s asylum on Thursday, letting the former spy agency contractor slip out of a Moscow airport after more than five weeks in limbo while angering the United States and putting in doubt a planned summit between the two nations’ presidents.

The United States wanted Russia to send Snowden home to face criminal charges including espionage for disclosing in June secret American internet and telephone surveillance programs.

If only we had some Russian spies we could swap for Snowden. Oh, that’s right. We did! Ten of them. But Obama sent them back to Putin, and apologized for the FBI rounding them up in the first place.

The White House signaled that President Barack Obama may boycott a September summit with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow…

Wow, that must have really left a mark.

Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s Russian lawyer, said the 30-year-old had found shelter in a private home of American expatriates.

Putin’s move aggravated relations with the United States that were already strained by Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that country’s bloody civil war and a host of other issues…

Don’t worry, this won’t ‘aggravate’ our relations enough for Obama to stop gutting our nuclear arsenal or giving away our missile defense. — Apparently, Obama hates our national security more than he hates Putin.

[Russian] state television showed Snowden, wearing a backpack and a blue button-up shirt, getting into a gray car at the airport, driven by a young man in a baseball cap.

"Over the past eight weeks we have seen the Obama administration show no respect for international or domestic law but in the end the law is winning," Snowden, whose first leaks were published two months ago, was quoted as saying by the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group, which has assisted him. "I thank the Russian Federation for granting me asylum in accordance with its laws and international obligations."

Grainy images on state television showed Snowden’s document, which is similar to a Russian passport, and revealed that he had been granted asylum for a year from July 31…

Kucherena said Snowden wanted to rent an apartment and find work in Russia, and had no immediate plans to leave…

That’s what Lee Harvey Oswald said, too. (Lest we forget, the Soviets embraced Oswald because they thought he was going to be able to give them secrets about the US’s radar system, which he had worked on while in the Marines.)

Meanwhile, speaking of those ten spies Obama gave back to Putin in exchange for nothing:

Snowden also has received a marriage proposal via Twitter from Anna Chapman, the glamorous former agent who was deported to Russia from the United States in a Cold-War style spy swap in 2010…

For our money Marina Oswald was much hotter.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Putin Gives Snowden 1 Year Asylum (Obama Hurt)”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Who recruited Snowden?
    Examine the cui bono ..
    Which agency suffered?
    Which agency is quietly out of this loop?
    CIA is Executive Branch.
    NSA is Military.

    Think it through …

  2. Astravogel says:

    Simple solution, since everything is for sale in
    the former Soviet Union: Offer $1 million and
    a villa in California (or Florida) to the first Russian,
    or facsimile, who brings Snowden’s head back to
    the US.

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