U.S. says allowing Snowden to leave airport would be disappointing

WASHINGTON Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:40pm EDT

A general view is seen of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A general view is seen of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow July 24, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States would be deeply disappointed if Russia were to allow fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"Any move that would allow Mr. Snowden to depart the airport would be deeply disappointing," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. She said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had telephoned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation.

Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for revealing details of U.S. government intelligence, arrived in Russia on June 23 from Hong Kong, where he had fled to escape capture and trial in the United States on espionage charges.

"The secretary spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov this morning. He reiterated our belief ... that Mr. Snowden needs to be returned to the United States where he will have a fair trial," Psaki said.

Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela have said they could offer sanctuary to Snowden but none of those countries can be reached by a direct commercial flight from Moscow so Snowden has requested temporary asylum in Russia until he believes he can safely reach one of them.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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Comments (4)
Russia says “Shove it!”

Jul 24, 2013 2:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ernie0100 wrote:
The only fugitive in this case should be the ones who are breaking the terms of the constitution. Not the one reporting the crime

Jul 24, 2013 3:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
theKINGsent1 wrote:
Why cannot no one understand reality?…This dude is awesome…A 30 year old male young man gives up 120,000 pyramid dollars a year and a babe who can ballerina with some leg singing, as he gave all that up just to sneak out some truths against the empire…Hard to give up at 30 years old a leggy ballerina who can probably do some acrobatics and 120,000 a year to sneak out truths..Geez..His leaks is only a minute leak of truths…Hard to get that out of the pentagon kingdom though…LOVE IT!!!!

Jul 24, 2013 5:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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