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Russia's Putin rules out Snowden expulsion, hits back at U.S. (US criticisms `ravings and rubbish`)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/25/us-usa-security-flight-idUSBRE95M02H20130625 ^

Posted on 06/25/2013 9:45:37 AM PDT by kronos77

(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin confirmed on Tuesday a former U.S. spy agency contractor sought by the United States was in the transit area of a Moscow airport but ruled out handing him over to Washington, dismissing U.S. criticisms as "ravings and rubbish".

His refusal to hand back Edward Snowden risked deepening a rift with the United States that has also sucked in China and threatens relations between countries that may be essential in settling global conflicts including the Syrian war.

China rejected U.S. criticism for letting Snowden flee the Chinese colony of Hong Kong as "baseless".

In his first public comments on Snowden since the fugitive flew in on Sunday, Putin said the 30-year-old American was in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, not having gone through passport control, was free to leave and should do so as soon as he could.

Snowden has applied for asylum in Ecuador but Quito has said it is still considering the application and the United States is trying to persuade the governments of countries where he might head to hand him over.

"He has not crossed the state's border, and therefore does not need a visa. And any accusations against Russia (of aiding him) are ravings and rubbish," Putin told a news conference during a visit to Finland.

Making clear Moscow saw no gain in extraditing Snowden, he said: "It's like giving a baby pig a haircut: there's a lot of squealing, but there's little wool."

"We can hand over foreign citizens to countries with which we have an appropriate international agreement on the extradition of criminals. We don't have such an agreement with the United States ... Thank God, Mr. Snowden committed no crimes on the territory of the Russian Federation."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: nsa; obama; russia; snowden; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 06/25/2013 9:45:37 AM PDT by kronos77
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To: kronos77

wow, we finally found someone who will not be intimidated by adolf hussein.


2 posted on 06/25/2013 9:47:35 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: kronos77
Putin to Obama: dismissing U.S. criticisms as "ravings and rubbish"

That just in case Obama failed to notice Pootie Poot's first slap across his ugly mug.

3 posted on 06/25/2013 9:48:19 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: RoosterRedux

What a beat-down.


4 posted on 06/25/2013 9:50:42 AM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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To: kronos77

Maybe Barry could issue an executive order?
Or a bull. He’s good with bull.


5 posted on 06/25/2013 9:50:45 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: RoosterRedux

so who is the pig..the US or Snowden


6 posted on 06/25/2013 9:51:06 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: kronos77

I don’t think Snowden has revealed anything most Americans have not assumed was going on for the last few decades at least. Not sure scrutiny of 300+ million people to stop 50 potential terrorist acts is worth it, but it is what it is. Funny how he has made the administration look so foolish though.


7 posted on 06/25/2013 9:51:19 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: kronos77

Putin has a prize in hand, and I’d say that Snowden might as well start taking Russian lessons.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 9:51:37 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: AdamBomb
The Ruskies don't respect him because they see him as weak. All that bowing and muzzie arse kissing so Putin is laughing at him, telling him to go to hell. He don't deal with girly men.


9 posted on 06/25/2013 9:54:33 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: RummyChick

I took it to mean Obama (i.e. Obama is squealing for Snowden’s return but there’s no value in returning him because Obama is so weak. The metaphor isn’t particularly apt...but it’s kind of cute).


10 posted on 06/25/2013 9:56:03 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: RummyChick

“”there’s a lot of squealing, but there’s little wool.””

I’ll be the first to be politically INcorrect! I’m fed up and I don’t really care anymore!! It’s about time someone pulled this guy’s string and if it takes Putin to do it, more power to him.


11 posted on 06/25/2013 9:56:31 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: kronos77

The Narcissistic man-child Hussein, must be besides himself to learn that he can not order China or Pootie poot around, and worse to have attacks from the left, and realize that HE is now a laughingstock around the world. Sadly our entire country is now a laughing stock, but IS a small consulation that Hussein must now attempt to pretend that he is still relevant.


12 posted on 06/25/2013 9:56:38 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: kronos77

13 posted on 06/25/2013 9:58:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

IThe 2004 Beslan school massacre may be on his mind as well.
Zero is arming these people.
After our own experience with the ROP in 2001, our leaders would be outraged as .... wait a second.


14 posted on 06/25/2013 9:59:39 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: swamprebel

Remember when Timmy went to China and the class of MBAs laughed at him?

There is no respect on the world stage for our whoring leaders.


15 posted on 06/25/2013 9:59:48 AM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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To: kronos77

At this point, as a measure of strength, it is in Putin’s best interest that Snowden is safe from the US at least for a while.


16 posted on 06/25/2013 10:01:01 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: kronos77

So was Pelosi a part of the raving or the rubbish?


17 posted on 06/25/2013 10:02:14 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: kronos77
"It's like giving a baby pig a haircut: there's a lot of squealing, but there's little wool."

I don't think this line would have ever been used on Ronald Reagan...

18 posted on 06/25/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: swamprebel

J Fn Kerry (who was in Vietnam) is making an arse of himself too, going around saying there might be consequences. Who taught these fools about the world neighborhood? When in a fight, You NEVER telegraph your punch.


19 posted on 06/25/2013 10:04:43 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: kronos77

With all of the international disrespected heaped upon Obomber, I expect him to try something[stupid] to boost his reputation. Perhaps “shock and awe” in Syria?


20 posted on 06/25/2013 10:05:47 AM PDT by Xenophon450 (Profit tells the entrepreneur that the consumers approve of his ventures; loss, that they disapprove)
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“It’s like giving a baby pig a haircut: there’s a lot of squealing, but there’s little wool.”

Obama just got shaved.


21 posted on 06/25/2013 10:10:15 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: kronos77

I think Putin and O’Barry are incahoots on this whole Snowden thing. It’s a ruse to take the attention away from all of barry’s treasonous crimes.


22 posted on 06/25/2013 10:16:52 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Cracker Barrel is racist and I demand that they change their name.)
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To: kronos77
Did King Obama think that Putin would put up with his shi!? I hope Putin bitch slaps this nitwit silly.
23 posted on 06/25/2013 10:19:12 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: kronos77

Is it wrong for me to love watching other countries disrespect the US President?


24 posted on 06/25/2013 10:30:17 AM PDT by oilwatcher
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To: oilwatcher

If hating Obama is wrong,I don’t want to be right.


25 posted on 06/25/2013 10:51:53 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: kronos77

Please, Vlad, please pull a Snowden and spill the beans on the squatter in the WH.


26 posted on 06/25/2013 10:54:49 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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