Schumer says Putin likely approved Snowden flight

WASHINGTON Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:42am EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer charged on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knew and approved of fugitive Edward Snowden's flight from Hong Kong to Russia and that it will likely hurt U.S.-Russian relations.

"Putin always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States - whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden," Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union," adding that China may have been involved as well. "Allies are suppose to treat each other in decent ways."

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; editing by Jackie Frank)

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China’s near silence during the time when Snowden was in its territory has made a lot of people guessing. Me included. And I have done my fair share of guessing.

The silence could be a way to just let the Snowden drama do its walking. Before Xi and Obama met in Southern California, the U.S. side had built up the image of China as the world’s largest and wicked source of cyber hacking. And that America was a victim of it.

When a Chinese officer sort of reactively whined that China was also a victim and that China had “ton of evidences” of being hacked by the U.S., America dismissively laughed at it. You know: A Chinese officer said it just for the sake of saying after China had been exposed. Remember the source of hacking was traced to a school in Shanghai several months back?

When Snowden dropped the bombshell in Hong Kong, China was immediately painted as the manipulator and that Snowden was a “Chinese spy”.

Then after the extradition request was revealed, American government’s use of words such as “We expect”, “Hong Kong must act quickly” had, I believe, hurt Chinese peoples’ feeling very much. On top of that, there has not been any apology to the Chinese people that they have also been spied on by the U.S.

Hong Kong is a special administration region of China. It is “Chinese Hong Kong”, not “American Hong Kong” as in “American Samoa”.

So maybe China’s near silence was a demonstration to the world–and especially to Taiwan–that China is serious about what it means by “One Nation, Two Administrative Systems”.

So Taiwan, I hope you have been watching.

Jun 23, 2013 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:
Schumer’s usual posturing – no facts – just haughty, collectivist opinion …

Jun 23, 2013 1:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oxen wrote:
Schumer is very confused,or obsessed with Putin/Russia
The guy was in Hong Kong, & Hong Kong did not turn him over, now Schumer blames Russia for all woes! That is weird. Is Russia part of USA or is Russia the police of Mr Schumer? These are sovereign nation not colonies of USA and have own travel rules and regulatory institutions not necessarily involving the president. Did Putin know the guy would plan to travel via Russia? Does honourable Schumer have proof? This is one example of a senator that is way over his head–he needs to defer such things to the right people-like John Kerry at this time–other than making fuss about a leader of another sovereign nation that is not a colony.

Jun 23, 2013 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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