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August 1, 2013 - 7:46 am

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Congress began to react angrily to news that Russia granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and allowed him to finally leave the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

“Americans in Washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with Russia. Mr. Snowden has been charged with serious crimes and has put American lives at risk at home and abroad,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.

“Today’s action by the Russian government could not be more provocative and is a sign of Vladimir Putin’s clear lack of respect for President Obama,” he continued. “It is now time for Congress, hopefully in conjunction with the Administration, to make it clear to the Russian government that this provocative step in granting Snowden asylum will be met with a firm response.”

Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said “Edward Snowden is a fugitive who belongs in a United States courtroom, not a free man deserving of asylum in Russia.”

“Regardless of the fact that Russia is granting asylum for one year, this action is a setback to U.S.-Russia relations,” Menendez added. “Edward Snowden will potentially do great damage to U.S. national security interests and the information he is leaking could aid terrorists and others around the world who want to do real harm to our country. Russia must return Snowden to face trial at home.”

The Moscow Times reports that Snowden has abandoned any plans to seek refuge in Latin America or at Latin American embassies, and may go wherever he wishes in Russia — though for “security reasons” his whereabouts will be kept closely guarded.

A senior Kremlin official brushed off the Snowden decision as “relatively insignificant” in the context of U.S.-Russia relations.

(Photo via Russia Today’s Twitter feed)

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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Putin is thumbing his nose at Obama because he can. Most world leaders realize that Obama is an empty suit. His Muslim favoring foreign policy advertises to all who will listen that America has become a wussy nation. Our word means nothing and our enemies are pursued on a
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Obama and the NSA are the big criminals. Of course, they would like you to direct your attention to Snowden.
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If our own people don't respect & enforce US law (e.g., immigration law and various laws Holder & friends ignore) why should Vlad ?
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Menendez added. “Edward Snowden will potentially do great damage to U.S. national security interests and the information he is leaking could aid terrorists and others around the world who want to do real harm to our country. Russia must return Snowden to face trial at home.”

Just curious Robert... Where did you get yer mind reading diploma from?



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God speed Edward Snowden and be safe in Russia; remember the Obama drone murders have really peaked. Just last month in Los Angeles a critic of the American regime was removed in the middle of the night by a mysterious explosion. Snowden is seen as a heroic American who has the guts to stand up against tyranny; Lindsey and McCain are snakes in the grass working to bring about the destruction of what is left in America.
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Lindsey, just shut the hell up, okay? You have no problem with leaving America's borders wide open for anyone who cares to enter, but you are upset with Snowden getting asylum in Russia? Really? I mean, really? God! I hope somebody challenges this RINO.
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Graham: Granting Snowden Asylum ‘Could Not Be More Provocative’

Advice to Graham: It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt .
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Putin is thumbing his nose at Obama because he can. Most world leaders realize that Obama is an empty suit. His Muslim favoring foreign policy advertises to all who will listen that America has become a wussy nation. Our word means nothing and our enemies are pursued on a
political agenda
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Sounds like Putin is setting things up to sell Snowden to Obama in about six months..for the right price.
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Eh, I can live with this. I doubt the Russians will be glad to have Snowden and I doubt Snowden will actually enjoy living in Russia.
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And I doubt that Obama cares about anything beyond his next vacation.
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You could not be more wrong.

Barack Obama is not just some incompetent product of the Chicago machine, interested only in lining his own pockets and getting fat on the gravy train.

He is a deadly enemy to America, deeply committed to destroying it as a free country and remaking it into a Marxist paradise.

He cares VERY DEEPLY about that.

Underestimating your enemy is a foolish, but common, mistake.


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“Americans in Washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with Russia. Mr. Snowden has been charged with serious crimes and has put American lives at risk at home and abroad,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said."

Listen to me Graham, you little loud mouthed POS, with your stupid Islamic Nation Building, you and McCain have cost the lives and limbs of thousands of American troops overseas and with your open borders you and McCain have cost the lives of tens of thousands of American at home just with all the drunk driving alone from your invading amigos.
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You continue to make a fool of yourself.
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Except when he's right, of course, which he is on this issue.
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I seem to recall that a certain Republican Presidential candidate declared in 2012 that Russia was our 'number one geopolitical foe.' The sages in the media rolled their eyes and tried to discredit him for the claim; the Democrats did the same. So did a great many of the self-appointed experts in U.S. foreign policy, who number in the tens of thousands. And here we are.
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If our own people don't respect & enforce US law (e.g., immigration law and various laws Holder & friends ignore) why should Vlad ?
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