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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 10:11 AM

3. I dont think Russia wants to return him to the USA

 

Putin has a dicy proposition. He wants stable ties with the USA, but Snowden is a 'Hearts and Minds' issue with the American public, roughly half of the public supports him

Putin trades him away, he gains with the American government, but loses with the American public (unless he believes, perhaps correctly, that the American public has no influence on the govmt whatsoever). The only way he can win this game is to not play

He Pontious Pilate here, he wants Snowden to go somewhere else, or at least shup up of leave the world stage if he stays in Russia

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