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White House: Russia shouldn't provide Snowden with 'propaganda platform'

Published time: July 12, 2013 17:23

The White House said Friday that Russia granting political asylum to Edward Snowden would be on par with providing the National Security Agency leaker with a “propaganda platform” to further harm the United States.

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(Carney) “Our position on Mr. Snowden and the felony charges against him and our belief that he ought to be returned to the United States to face those felony charges is as it was,”


During an address in Washington, DC Friday afternoon shortly after Mr. Snowden issued a statement of his own from Moscow, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said the administration’s position on the leaker remains that he should be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage.

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During the address hours later across the pond, Carney said the White House has communicated to Russia and a number of other countries that Snowden be sent back to the US immediately.

(Carney) “I would simply say that providing a propaganda platform for Mr. Snowden runs counter to the Russian government’s previous declarations of Russia’s neutrality, and that they have no control over his presence in the airport,”

“It’s also incompatible with Russia’s assurances that they do not want Mr. Snowden to further damage US interests. But having said that, our position also remains that we don’t believe this should — and we don’t want it to — do harm to our important relationship with Russia, and we continue to discuss with Russia our strongly held view that there is absolutely legal justification for him to be expelled, for him to be returned to the United States, to face the charges that have been brought against him for the unauthorized leaking of classified information,”

Carney added that US President Barack Obama has previously scheduled a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin for later in the day.

http://rt.com/usa/snowden-russia-white-house-025/


The White House briefing isn't up yet.

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I just found a US source.


White House: Obama to personally lobby Putin on Edward Snowden
By Justin Sink - 07/12/13 01:28 PM ET

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday accused Russia of "providing a propaganda platform" for Edward Snowden, who is seeking asylum in the counry.

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The press secretary added that the participation of groups like Human Rights Watch should not cloud the fact that Snowden had been charged with multiple felonies.

"Those groups do important work, but Mr. Snowden is not a human rights activist or dissident," Carney said.

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"We have communicated with nations around the world that Mr. Snowden should be returned to the United States," Carney said.

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"We've been very clear about our disappointment with the way that was handled," he said.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/310705-white-house-upset-with-how-russia-is-treating-snowden-?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


Gawd, what a train wreck

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