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June 23, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said today he was infuriated at Russian President Vladimir Putin for giving wanted NSA leaker Edward Snowden passage through his country, beginning what will likely be a wave of criticism from the Hill this week about Washington’s rapidly deteriorating position vs. Russia.

Schumer first chided Hong Kong, though, for allowing the fugitive to fly out of the country.

“Very disappointing what Hong Kong has done,” he said this morning on CNN’s State of the Union as the news of Snowden’s flight broke. “It remains to be seen how much influence Beijing had on Hong Kong. As you know, they coordinate their foreign policies and I have a feeling the hand of Beijing was involved here.”

“What’s infuriating here is Prime Minister Putin of Russia aiding and abetting Snowden’s escape,” he continued. Putin returned to the presidency more than a year ago.

“The bottom line is very simple, allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways, and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States, whether it is Syria, Iran, and now, of course, with Snowden. That’s not how allies should treat one another, and I think it will have serious consequences for the United States-Russia relationship,” Schumer said.

The senator said he believes Snowden’s passage was directly approved by Putin.

“Something at this level in a state- controlled country, the minute Aeroflot got the notification he would be coming, I believe that Putin, it’s almost certain he knew, and it’s likely he approved it,” said Schumer.

“It seems to me that Mr. Putin is almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States. In so many different areas he does not cooperate. Very few are the areas in which he does cooperate these days. And I think this action, Putin allowing Snowden to land in Russia and then go somewhere else, is going to have serious consequences for U.S.-Russian relationship.”

What might those consequences be for the country just recently assured of unilateral U.S. cuts to the nuclear arsenal?

“We have all kinds of relationships with Russia, and in some ways works out pretty well. We’re trying to mutually reduce the number of nuclear arms that each country has. But there are many different kinds of relationships that are both political, diplomatic, economic. And I don’t think we can just shrug our shoulders and say this is how Putin is,” Schumer said.

“Let’s look at Snowden here. You know, some might try to say that, oh, he’s a great human rights crusader. He is not at all like the great human rights crusaders in the past, the Martin Luther Kings or the Gandhis who did civil disobedience because he — first, he flees the country. A Daniel Ellsberg, when he released the Pentagon Papers because he thought it was the right thing to do, stayed in America and faced the consequences. But second, he’s hurt other people. You know, a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King didn’t hurt other people as they did their resistance, and they faced the consequences,” he continued.

“So I don’t think Snowden in any way can be compared to those people and should not be made a good guy, hero, or anything like that by anybody.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Putin doesn't respect Obama. Heck, I don't respect Obama. Why should Putin? Putin's experience is in totalitarian rule. So is Obama's (what experience he has, anyway). But Obama is an abject failure at it. So Putin will thumb his nose while Obama will bubble and squeak like the hissing little teakettle that he is.
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"the United States made a formal request for his extradition and gave a pointed warning to Hong Kong against delaying the process of returning him to face trial in the U.S."

Hong Kong didn't like O's "pointed warning".

Seems tiny Hong Kong was leading the pack in sticking the middle finger in the eye of Obama.
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When did Russia become an official US "ally"?
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If I had to deal with Obama on a face to face basis, I'd want to stick my finger in his eye, too.
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Wow, Putin may do things in his own interest, but not in the USA's interest? Chuckles is somehow surprised by that? And you are supposedly one of the smart guys in the Senate?

I love this one: "It remains to be seen how much influence Beijing had on Hong Kong."

China took back Hong Kong in 1997. It was in all the papers.

Here Chuck, spend 5 minutes looking this over, so you won't sound like such an idiot next time. Yes, I know that Hong Kong was supposed to retain some sort of independence, but really, it's China, not the Vienna Boy's Choir
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Hong_Kong
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Not nearly as eager as Obama and the NSA/Stasi and the GangBank Eight to stick a finger in the eye of and a knife in the back of America.
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The trouble with all the people expressing outrage at Snowden's actions: They have shown no real love for America; they are corrupt.

Now, would you, any of you, buy a used care from Chuck Schumer? Or depend upon Sen Feinstein to not use the NSA to harass her enemies, political or otherwise? And let us not even consider Pelosi, she of the true Catholic faith????
1 year ago
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Schumer is evidently eager to sit on his thumb a little harder than he already was.
1 year ago
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Putin doesn't respect Obama. Heck, I don't respect Obama. Why should Putin? Putin's experience is in totalitarian rule. So is Obama's (what experience he has, anyway). But Obama is an abject failure at it. So Putin will thumb his nose while Obama will bubble and squeak like the hissing little teakettle that he is.
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"the United States made a formal request for his extradition and gave a pointed warning to Hong Kong against delaying the process of returning him to face trial in the U.S."

Hong Kong didn't like O's "pointed warning".

Seems tiny Hong Kong was leading the pack in sticking the middle finger in the eye of Obama.
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When did Russia become an official US "ally"?
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Schumer is trying to hide the Obama regime's lawlessness behind the United States.

Funny thing: when the IRS scandal was getting to the White House, when the AG's judge shopping for warrants to snoop real journalist and the call for the AG's resignation was building... then Snowden occurred... attention at the govt's illegal snooping and Big Tech's complicities was deftly directed to Snowden's "treachery". Snowden is practically exiled without a trial.

Question: How long before Snowden gets into a fiery crash that would leave his corpse unrecognizable?
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It didn't help that we had Hillary "Reset" Clinton making a hash of our relationship with Russia and a White House full of Useful Idiots that had no clue about the maintenance of a relationship based on hard-nosed reality about the limits of Russia and US common interests.
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