White House expects Russia to look at all options to expel Snowden back to U.S.

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:27pm EDT

A statement by Hong Kong online media ''In Media Hong Kong'' supporting Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), is displayed alongside a petition to ''Pardon Edward Snowden'' on a White House website, on a computer screen in Hong Kong in this June 12, 2013 illustration photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A statement by Hong Kong online media ''In Media Hong Kong'' supporting Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), is displayed alongside a petition to ''Pardon Edward Snowden'' on a White House website, on a computer screen in Hong Kong in this June 12, 2013 illustration photo.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said it expects the Russian government to "look at all options available" to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges.

The White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the United States also registered strong objections to authorities in Hong Kong and China through diplomatic channels at the decision to let Snowden flee.

And "noted that such behavior is detrimental to U.S.-Hong Kong and U.S.-China bilateral relations," Hayden said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (26)
statelydigger wrote:
Be careful Mr. Snowden. There are many who don’t want you to die for our sins.

Jun 23, 2013 12:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mollyjb2 wrote:
Snowden is a criminal who leaked government secrets and stole government documents. This guy needs to be captured and sent to prison on espionage charges.

Jun 23, 2013 12:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dwightneller wrote:
What a burn on Feinstein and friends. Democrats gone wild !! The “civil rights party” attempts to shred the constitution and gets caught running naked through DC. Gun control blasted down to bits. Why? Because it’s dumb and solves 0 problems. (kids on experimental medications. violent movies, video games, no hope or change that makes anyone feel better about the future … blah blah blah) Snowden comes to the rescue. Exposes Feinstein (again) as the draconian freak that she really is. (failed at that) How much more will it take before the People take action to spay and neuter these vorpal psychotics? The PATRIOT Act cannot stand in a free society. Any politician who is still in support of it must go away now. National security depends on it. China took the only smart move. I hope Snowden will find some peace and still remain alive. These politicians are horrible people and their pit bulls are always ready for a kill.

Jun 23, 2013 12:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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