Skip to comments.Russia Rejects US Demand for Snowden's Extradition
Posted on 06/25/2013 2:48:26 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
MOSCOW Russia's foreign minister has rejected U.S. demands to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who has apparently stopped in Moscow while trying to evade U.S. justice.
Sergey Lavrov said that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border and insisted that Russia has nothing to do with him, his relations with U.S. justice or his travel plans.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, he angrily lashed out at the U.S. demands for the extradition and warnings of negative consequences if Moscow fails to comply.
Lavrov said that accusing Russia of "violation of U.S. laws and even some sort of conspiracy" with regard to Snowden is "absolutely ungrounded and unacceptable."
Edward Snowden's stop-and-start flight across the globe appeared to stall in Moscow as the United States ratcheted up pressure to hand over the National Security Agency leaker who had seemed on his way to Ecuador to seek asylum.
In Ecuador's most extensive statement about the case, the foreign minister hailed Snowden on Monday as "a man attempting to bring light and transparency to facts that affect everyone's fundamental liberties."
The decision whether to grant Snowden the asylum he has requested is a choice between "betraying the citizens of the world or betraying certain powerful elites in a specific country," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters while visiting Vietnam.
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The Russians are making mincemeat out of Obama and his team...
That is what happens when you have a lack of leadership.
Snowden should write a well-researched novel..."fiction" isn't an act of treason yet, is it?
I think the Russians never believed in the use of “soft-power” or leading from behind...
Patino sure has the Washingtonians number
Sounds like a polite way to tell the lawless police state in DC to go scratch themselves
The only leadership tool Obomba has at his disposal is the race card. Putin, however, doesn’t accept that card.
Who is paying for his hotel and meals? I mean, when he flies into Cuba before Ecuador, is he a guest of the Cuban government and they pay for everything?
Snowden is not a guest of any government. He likely won’t even leave the airport.
Well this is certainly Change.
I can’t even get angry. Obama bought this on himself. Show weakness to ruthless countries and they won’t respect you.
Cowboys were feared. Leftwing “Intellectuals” not so much!
Heh. What goes around comes around.
The U.S. refused Russia’s request to extradite George Soros for criminal currency manipulation. In 2000, Soros nearly destroyed the Russian economy by selling the Rouble short and deflating its value from $0.166 to $0.033, almost overnight.
An investigation led to to the 2005 raid by Russian police on Soros offices in Moscow. Unfortunately, the pig Soros wasn’t there. They asked the U.S. to extradite Soros. The U.S. told them to pound sand, since we don’t have an extradition treaty with Russia.
The question to pose to the White House press spokesman is if they cut off his Visa and Master Card access. The answer is likey to be....we will get back to you on that. He’s probably running up a $40,000 tab and doesn’t intend to pay.
The WikiLeaks folks are likely covering some of his bills now. Course, eventually....you’d get around to asking how they make any money. The CIA might want to take some time and analyze the money-laundering ability of WikiLeaks.
The Chicago mob is no match for the Russian bear. Maybe Rahm Emmanuel can head over to Moscow and dance the Nutcracker Suite in his tutu.
Why am I rooting for a traitor?
Why are you rooting for Obummer? Just kidding.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
“In 2000, Soros nearly destroyed the Russian economy by selling the Rouble short and deflating its value from $0.166 to $0.033, almost overnight.”
About 99% of the Russia bashers are completely ignorant about that. Soros has hired a half-dozen PR firms to spit out lies and propaganda about Russia that are picked by Soros organizations and distributed to the leftist media. Then the people who read this crap become useful idiots for Soros and Hillary.
It should also be noted that Putin signed a warrant for the arrest of Soros. A number of Soros henchmen have been indicted, and some of the useful idiots are lauding them as heroes.
While George Bush was President, much of the world may not have liked the United States, but at least they respected the United States. Now they do neither.
US voters wanted change. They got change. Putin will be playing with the big-eared doofus like a kitten with a ball of string for the next 3 1/2 years.
HeHe! I know what you mean. Me, I've been on the fence as to whether this man is a traitor or "hero" since day one. I'm not exactly rooting for him but I'm not rooting for the other side either.
Maybe he is a traitor who just happened to leak information that made him look like he was on the side of the American people since the information was exposing Obama to be the tyrant that he is against "his" own people.
Maybe this man's actions were not to help the American people but to hurt the US Government, it just so happens that the first info he leaked exposed Obama as a tyrant and the American people as the victim.
Either way, no matter how innocent he may be it does make me nervous that he's flying around the world with laptops of data of US secrets that either could given out for the right price or secrets worth killing for.
This circus is not just exposing Obama as a tyrant but a weak "leader" on the international stage.
The only leadership tool Obomba has at his disposal is the race card. Putin, however, doesnt accept that card.
That would make the ultimate SNL skit. Putin rejecting Obama’s requests (Snowden, arms, trade, etc...) and Obama saying “it’s because I’m black, isn’t it.”
SNL would have done something like this back in the 70s when they were still funny.
I think it’s “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” kind of thing.
Really good one .... sums the situation right up perfectly.
There is no honor among thieves.
Hong Kong let him go?
China is enjoying this show.
Please .. Let me leave airport. I give you swordfish. You like? Also have medicine for goat.
Not surprising that a place like Ecuador has to school the likes of the Obama administration. But it's the world we live in.
“Why am I rooting for a traitor?”
Exactly what did he say or do that makes him a “traitor”?
Last I heard, all he had done was tell everyone that Hussein’s administration was illegally collecting data on Americans.
Does the term “whistleblower” now unequivocally mean “traitor”?
The Israelis should have given him the Eichmann treatment.
When a Democrat is in the White House ... yes.
And Poot also doesn't care whether Chrissy Matthews blathers on about "racist dog whistles," either.
I am having a great case of schadenfreude over this. Obama SO deserves this international humiliation. It's beautiful.
I understand that, from Hussein’s playpals, but there seems to be a large group of people here who unquestionably use that term to describe Snowden, and I’m trying to understand why.
Obama has made the USA into the monty python prancing soldiers.
The rest of the world sees the us military as feminized men and homosexuals. Obama as a impotent buffoon. The state department has homosexual party animals easily compromized.
There is nothing to respect or fear.
A partial answer is that a lot of people here are not at all Conservative and they like big government just fine. A little intrusion from the NSA is OK with such folks.
Snowden was posted to Switzerland by the CIA as a technical specialist six years ago. He said he became disillusioned by some of the tactics the CIA used to acquire agents. Snowden: Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world. I realized that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good. I think it's possible Snowden was recruited by the Russians while in Geneva and has worked for them ever since. Putin may have orchestrated Snowdens public disclosures to embarrass Obama a few days before Obama met with the Chinese to complain about cyber attacks.
I don’t know if Putin celebrates Christmas but what a gift he got when Mr. Snowden came to town.
I'm no fan of George Soros, but short-sellers are the messengers; they don't write the message. The Russian financial system (exemplified by the market for its government bonds) was in free-fall, with or without Soros.
I’ve been complaining for a couple of years here how thoroughly FR has been infiltrated.
I sneered at AC a couple of weeks ago for no longer being Conservative and got yelled down to by a leftist freak and told I was in the basement of mom’s house (like many of us referred to OWS vermin).
The left wing freaks embedded here try extra hard to APPEAR conservative....
Calling Snowden a traitor seems to out themselves pretty well, like the persistent ZIMMERMAN IS GUILTY freaks did last year.
I know there were a few who recanted, but many just got quiet until the next issue about which they just couldn’t contain themselves any longer.
I think we’re jumping to the conclusion that Russia is treating this kid to a spa package and five star dining.
Seriously, if this kid knows as much as he claims to, why would Russia let him just waltz off to Ecuador without first... um... debriefing him for as long as they want?
Exactly. I know Christian missionaries who travel to Russia frequently and they are puzzled at how much different it is there now than what is portrayed in our filtered media.
Most of the countries that we used to call commie and socialist think our country is full of idiots for letting their old history repeat itself in our country.
Flippin' socialized medicine..the takeover of our major corporations by the government. Come on people!
like we would hand over if it were one of their guys and why should they when Snowden will be locked away for ever because he ratted out how Obama and the thugs are spying on us all
exactly, Russian wanted Soros but he;s the left sugar daddy and so we are stuck with him but then the Chicago thugs get their panties in a twist when Russia does it back .
Snowden is being used as an example of never ratting out this Govt and their illegal spying and no one can say secret courts, with secret judges who only hear the govt side is surely legal