White House criticizes Snowden's choice of 'protectors'

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:08pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that the countries in which former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had chosen to seek protection belied his claim that he was focused on supporting transparency, freedom of the press and individuals' rights.

"If his passion here is for press freedom and freedom of the Internet and the like, he has chosen unlikely protectors," Carney told a White House briefing.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; editing by Jackie Frank)