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June 27, 2013 - 9:16 am

President Obama defended the fact that he has not “personally” called either Chinese Premier Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about their aiding and abetting of Edward Snowden’s flight from the law because “we have issued through our Justice Department very clear requests to both initially Hong Kong and then Russia that we seek the extradition of Mr. Snowden.”

Snowden is apparently at a transit area of Moscow’s airport while waiting for his extradition request to be processed by Ecuador. Putin said he won’t hand over the NSA leaker.

“We are going through the regular legal channels that are involved when we try to extradite somebody. I have not called President Xi personally or President Putin personally. And the reason is because, number one, I shouldn’t have to,” Obama said at a Senegal press conference today. “This is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries. And this is not exceptional from a legal perspective.”

The president added that “we’ve got a whole lot of business that we do with China and Russia.”

“And I’m not going to have one case of a suspect who we’re trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where I’ve got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues simply to get a guy extradited, so that he can face the Justice system here in the United States. I get why it’s a fascinating story from a press perspective. And I’m sure there will be a made-for-TV movie somewhere down the line. But in terms of U.S. interests, the damage was done with respect to the initial leaks,” Obama continued.

“Now, we don’t have an extradition treaty with Russia, which makes it more complicated. You don’t have to have an extradition treaty though to resolve some of these issues. There have been some useful conversations that have taken place between the United States government and the Russian government. And my continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr. Snowden asylum recognize that they are part of an international community, and that they should be abiding by international law. And we’ll continue to press them as hard as we can to make sure that they do so,” he said.”

“…I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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“…I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

First of all Mr. President, the only thing(s) you've ever scrambled are the U.S. economy, our system of justice & practically everything else you've touched. You couldn't scramble an egg correctly.
Secondly, you think it 'makes it more complicated' because we don't have an extradition treaty with Russia? Well, then, why don't you just dial up your ol' pal Vlady & get him to sign one, then? Didn't the non-Fox, non-talk radio media tell us the world would love America again when Bush was no longer Prez and you were? Use those powers of persuasion the media told us you have & get those Russkies to sign on the dotted line! That's not a problem for you, right? And don't bother scrambling jets, just try un-scrambling the economy.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Tell me, did any freaking body ever ask this nasty piece of trash to scramble a jet, or do anything that he hasn't done innumerable times, such as H L Gates being rousted by the Boston P D, Sandy Fluke being all hero-y, and Travon being his foster son ?
Just a few short days ago, Kerry got all dark and said this guy was
walking-death of a form and basically said '...let's do this thing...'.
Does Barry actually think various on the fence leaders throughout the world don't see this B S , and just figure-on waiting until 2016 to see what shakes out?
They can't even seem to draw a straight line with a ruler and directions.......
41 weeks ago
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The REAL reason Obama hasn't called Putin or Xi is because he knows that they would just laugh in his face....that's IF they even took the call.
42 weeks ago
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Does the press still drop to 1 knee and bow before addressing the Sun King?

Getting Snowden is meaningless. How many idiots have been fired, for provided clearance and access for this guy to steal everything, now that would be a good question. Whe the answer is ZERO, then the followup question, how can we trust you guys with any more of our information?
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Dear Leader sounds like the ugly girl who got stood-up for a date and then cries she was too good for that jerk anyway....that's right, Baby, you tell him.

Remember BENGHAZI!
42 weeks ago
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And besides, he's super busy. With high level talks with our African strategic ally - Senegal - and the FLATUS and the kids on safari. And he's late for a tee-time. I feel lucky he even answered the question. Blessed, really.
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