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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have ordered their security chiefs to find a way to remove Edward Snowden from a Moscow airport.More follows...
Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have ordered their security chiefs to find a way to remove Edward Snowden from a Moscow airport.Mr Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor, has been on the run since leaking information about the US government's secret surveillance programmes to The Guardian and The Washington Post in early June.He initially fled from Hawaii to Hong Kong, but was allowed to leave the country after what Hong Kong officials claim was a clerical error on the part of the US government.Russia has rejected US calls to hand over Snowden, saying that because he remains in Sheremetyevo Airport transit zone he has not officially crossed the Russian border. Therefore, they claim, they are powerless to act.Both Mr Putin and Mr Obama have now ordered the heads of the security agencies, the FBI and FSB to find a solution to the impasse, according to the head of Russia's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev.Speaking to the state television channel Rossiya 24, he said: "Of course (Putin and Obama) don't have a solution that would work for both sides, so they have ordered the FSB director (Alexander) Bortnikov and FBI director Robert Mueller to keep in constant contact and find solutions."
NewsBreaker @NewsBreaker 1mBREAKING UPDATE: Putin says if Snowden wants to stay in Russia, he must "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners" - @Reuters
WTF does this really mean? Some one here help me to understand this statement please.....stop his work aimed at harming our American partnersRussia is upset because Snowden has info on USA? Or Putin just saying this out loud to throw everyone off the fact he is happy about it?
I wouldn't believe anything Putin says any more than I would believe the current U.S. administration.
So Putin is doing this until Obama orders the destruction of most of our nukes, then he will release the info? This is the only reason I can think of Putin doing this.
Whatever his reason, Putin is playing Obama like a fiddle. We can all count on that.