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Bridget Johnson


June 24, 2013 - 7:37 am

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said early this morning that the U.S. expects Russia “to look at all options available to expel Mr. Snowden back to the U.S. to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged.”

That is, “given our intensified cooperation after the Boston marathon bombings and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters.”

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia “to live by the standards of the law.”

RIA Novosti reported today that NSA leaker Edward Snowden “had checked in for a flight to Havana at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Monday,” but “apparently did not make it aboard the plane, which had been sold out and was packed with journalists.”

Moscow’s airport offers no direct flights to Ecuador, though WikiLeaks indicated it would be using a secretive route to get Snowden to Quito.

Russian officials won’t confirm or deny Snowden’s presence in Moscow and Ecuador’s foreign minister said they don’t know where he is either.

A Kremlin spokesman told journalists that he first heard about Snowden landing in Moscow from the media.

The Ecuadoran newspaper Hoy reported Sunday that Snowden had received a checkup from embassy doctors after arriving in Moscow.

Meanwhile, the NSC is still saving some of its wrath for Hong Kong for letting Snowden slip away.

“We are disappointed by the decision of the authorities in Hong Kong to permit Mr. Snowden to flee despite the legally valid U.S. request to arrest him for purposes of his extradition under the U.S.-Hong Kong Surrender Agreement,” Hayden said.

“We have registered our strong objections to the authorities in Hong Kong as well as to the Chinese government through diplomatic channels and noted that such behavior is detrimental to U.S.-Hong Kong and U.S.-China bilateral relations.”

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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What a hoot! ....that Aeroflot flight out of Moscow took off fully booked with Russian media guys all a-quiver, then......then........Curses!...where's Snowden?....ha ha ha ....presumably they have round trip tickets?
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Chinese duplicity in this Snowden bruhaha probably is not too surprising among professional "China hands" just about everywhere.

"Face" rules ...rules China and it's a safe bet that both the legal departments of Hong Kong and the Mainland are probably relieved that this "insufficiency" excuse in the American "information" supplied in the extradition situation absolves both departments from the risk of one blaming the other for any mishandling of the legal complexities involved.

So, the troublesome young American popping up amidst them, despite his value as a font of delicious new intel ammunition, was probably quietly assisted by both legal departments in his departure procedures.

There's all around sighing, "Good riddance."

Superficially, at least, it'd seem that we Americans have no credibility overseas in any blatherings out of the mouth of Obama.

That also should be no surprise among experienced Obama Administration watchers.

What a fraud we've elected.....twice.
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Sorry to say it but the only way that Mr. Snowden will be "brought to justice" is if we deciide to "cry havoc and let slip loose the dogs of war" and send a SEAL team into whatever non-extraditionable shangra-la he finaly chooses. SOOOOOO many problems with that so we aren't going to do it. If China, Russia or anyone else actually respected the U.S. then Snowden would have been back here a week ago. But everyone knows that there is nothing to fear from our current administration so Ed is in great shape. And here I was told that foreign powers would have a deep new respect for the U.S. now that the "cowboy Bush" was out of office and our foreign policy was in the hands of the debonair internationalist in the White House. Don't tell me the media lied to me!
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