U.S. presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens

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onemind wrote:

Obama has made idle threats toward Iran, North Korea, now Syria. He has no credibility and all nations know he does not have the back bone to take any bold action when defied. He is neither feared or respected by our friends or allies. He is an embarrassment to the USA.

Jun 23, 2013 8:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

Much to the chagrin of the US, Hong Kong has allowed Snowden to leave and fly to Moscow to an unknown destination. To avoid further unnecessary diplomatic tussle, the authority in Hong Kong has made a right and face-saving move. It has smoothly shed an unusually heavy burden.

Jun 23, 2013 9:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
huckl wrote:

Why do we care? Sure he can hurt us but so be it and get on with life. This is a new technology we need to set perimeters for. Life keeps advancing no matter what we won’t. This is past history.

Jun 23, 2013 9:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Telstar wrote:

@onemind. YOU are a complete and utter embarrassment to the human race.

Jun 23, 2013 9:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Screw you, imperialist dogs! You’ll never get him!! :P

Jun 23, 2013 10:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jayhein wrote:

primeair: As far as receiving US $$ “that we shouldn’t be giving them in the first place”….I doubt Russia, Cuba, Venezuela or Ecuador receive any U.S. “foreign aid”. If you have some figures, please share them with us.

Jun 23, 2013 10:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jayhein wrote:

@onemind….You must be very disappointed that, unlike Bush, President Obama has failed to start any unnecessary wars or invaded any countries…..be sure to visit your nearby armed forces recruiting station tomorrow so you can do your patriotic duty and prepare to die for your country…then let me know how you feel about the wisdom of trying to PREVENT war and killing.

Jun 23, 2013 10:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The same reason GW Bush couldn’t get any coalition for his moronic Iraq fiasco, the US government believes it’s bloated, incompetent military might should be bowed down to — or else.

The world is right to give a giant middle finger to the US government. They murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people and think that makes them “powerful”. In fact, it makes them pathetic.

Bradley Manning & Edward Snowden are heroes. The Bush/Obama faction is a pathetic international joke. Bush made established our international impotence, and Obama set it in stone.

Jun 23, 2013 10:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Publius0069 wrote:

the real issue seems to be that is a general consensus among other world powers to see a certain level of weakness in US foreign relations, which opens the door for them to play these kinds of diplomatic antics. There is probably less malice at play than a general attitude of: “lets see what they do now.” Its like you put your opponent in a compromised situation to evaluate their response, which can then inform you on even greater issues at stake. This general erosion of confidence in the US taking a hard-line has been steady since Bush left office and you have to wonder whether its worth playing by a new set of rules, if your opponents stick to the old set – you get more prudent and pragmatic, but they take advantage of what they now see as weakness.

Jun 23, 2013 10:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randor707 wrote:

Thank heaven for the few brave folks over the years, such as Daniel Ellsberg, Pvt Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. These are heroes with the backbone and principles to stand up against the Nanny States of America. It is enormously reassuring to see the world is getting smarter and folks are unwilling to blindly follow the lead of inept, corrupt politicians. We should all support these courageous folks, especially now Edward Snowden. Without these selfless pioneers for freedom we would all be the dupes of corrupt government still believing the lies of our unprincipled appointed leaders.

Jun 23, 2013 10:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeff81201 wrote:

Edward Snowden has exposed the criminality of the NSA and the lies of James Clapper. The US Congress and the FISA Court are incapable of adequately upholding the Constitution.

Snowden is a man of courage and a hero.

Jun 23, 2013 11:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeff81201 wrote:

Edward Snowden has exposed the criminality of the NSA and the lies of James Clapper. The US Congress and the FISA Court are incapable of adequately upholding the Constitution.

Snowden is a man of courage and a hero.

Jun 23, 2013 11:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
seymour93 wrote:

The NSA spying is a direct result of the amount of the chipping away of the Constitution that the government (Congress and the President, both Obama and Bush) has done since 9-11. Let’s face it, Obama has been utterly TERRIBLE about upholding our rights and limiting government intrusions on our liberties; however, anyone who thinks his Republican opponents would be any better is seriously delusional. McCain has defended all the survelliance measures, and while Romney hasn’t commented, civil liberties didn’t rank high on his agenda.

The problem is that we are constantly stuck with a voting choice between bad and worse; rather than voting for someone we believe in, we’re voting against the other person. What we need are honest candidates who would truly work for us. I just don’t where we’d find them, and I doubt they’d make it through the primary.

Jun 23, 2013 11:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MassResident wrote:

The NSA is the real threat to America’s security. It is time to do something to stop them.

Jun 23, 2013 11:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Joe_Casepack wrote:

Obama is clearly delusional. He thinks he can bark orders at other countries and have them do his bidding.

Guess what Obama, you ain’t the king of the world. You’re not much of a President either.

Jun 23, 2013 12:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

Since when does the US dictate to other countries – have I missed their appointment as Supreme Rulers of the World?

Jun 23, 2013 12:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chyron wrote:

And if one noticed – another example of US senators’ incompetence – to call our President “prime minister”. These people tend to show their opiniin even not bothering to check who they talkung to.

Jun 24, 2013 1:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chyron wrote:

And if one noticed – another example of US senators’ incompetence – to call our President “prime minister”. These people tend to show their opiniin even not bothering to check who they talkung to.

Jun 24, 2013 1:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Russia? Cuba? Ecuador? Wow, all the garden spots of the world. Hope he has a nice life. Hope it was worth it.

Jun 24, 2013 1:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sgreco1970 wrote:

China, russia, cuba… he’s spiraling. I give him a week and he’ll be in guantanamo.

Jun 24, 2013 1:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Citizenlyfeva wrote:

isn’t Guantanamo in Cuba ?

Jun 24, 2013 1:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
franvandamm wrote:

It’s getting harder to be a proud American. President Obama was going to go down in history as the first non white president but now he will go down as the worst. I voted for him. I’m sorry.

Jun 24, 2013 1:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse

I don’t think the very dismissive words “we expect” will sit well with the Russian people. I am not a Russian so perhaps someone can tell me otherwise.

Jun 24, 2013 1:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jahbulons wrote:

The world dictator is out bullying free countries. Why would China or Russia respect the whims of an administration that has been stealing their technologies by hacking into their computer systems?

Jun 24, 2013 1:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Kind of like Robert Kraft demanding Vladimir Putin: “I expect you to return the ring.”

Jun 24, 2013 1:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse

The whole world is probably asking: should the world (you know, those foreigners) be spied on so that Americans can feel safe? In other word, foreigners sacrificing their privacy for Americans’ safety.

Jun 24, 2013 1:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wackyweazle wrote:

@PPHermit:Is English your first language?Your spelling and grammar is horrible.Snowden is not a THIEF or a traitor.He showed us all what liars and hypocrits they are.

Jun 24, 2013 1:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

“U.S. FINDS HONG KONG DECISION “TROUBLING” LOL when you spy on people what do you expect them to become? In the states here about half of the people are against the NSA program. Should the government find it “troubling” to lose support from 160M citizens? Kinda funny “respect” was all over the walls of my kids’ schools, yet the government is filled with people totally foreign to that word. Made me curious where they got their birth certificates from. Is that why they are so afraid of Snowdon?

Jun 24, 2013 2:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Didimous wrote:

I’ve sent correspondence to my reps and to the white house to leave Snowden alone. Let him go; I want to hear everything he has to say without the interference of our government.
Sorry if they don’t like it but the government shouldn’t have been spying on its citizenry in any form in the first place. This isn’t the first time this has been done, either.
Government cannot be trusted. It must be closely monitored and regulated by those governed else government becomes too powerful and with that power comes corruption.

Jun 24, 2013 2:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ALALAYIIIAAAA wrote:

if Snowden is a traitor then what is obama who supports al quaeda openly ,which al quaeda terrorized united states in 9/11?
firing away clever sentences such as “isn’t Guantanamo in Cuba ? ” the result is only one:united states falling day after day deeper into the s….t!

Jun 24, 2013 2:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Shunyata wrote:

The US no longer has credibility in the international community. Drone assassinations, arming rebels who use suicide bombings and eat human flesh? Spying on everyone it can and dualistic Foreign Policy doesn’t make America to look like the Home of Freedom and Democracy. No instead it looks like a global bully, a bloated corpocracy with no real sense of justice.

Jun 24, 2013 2:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Quizixal wrote:

Snowden should be given a congressional medal of honor, You want to put someone on trial, try our Entire corrupt government, The ones who have been ignoring YOUR Constitutional Rights and spying on you and your families with no knowledge. Tapping your phones with no probable cause. reading your e-mails because they wanted to. Our government has failed us, and should honestly be replaced with a government truly for the people of the people, who are nor going to ignore YOUR Constitutional Rights..

Jun 24, 2013 2:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jocomus wrote:

What we think really a big deal of Snowden to US is actually a micky mouse peanut stuff to Putin. If not asked, Putin wouldn’t even utter a single word on this Areoflot matter in Moscow. Snowden is just too famous to be of any value to Russia (or China).

For this guy to fly to Ecuador via Cuba is not a safe route. The U.S. is amply resourceful to intercept a cuba-bound plane in mid-air while flying over the Atlantic. Just keep watch.

Jun 24, 2013 2:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

“Snowden expected to fly to Cuba, U.S. urges his detention”

It would indeed be humorous if it were not all so pathetic.

The way The White House is barking at Russia and China, not to mention the rest of the world, one might erroneously think that they were/are holding all the Aces and were flush with Chips at some imaginary Gaming table in Monte Carlo.

The unmitigated gall, the incredible arrogance, the total disconnect from reality is beyond astounding. But then when one steps back and reflects on the past several years, is there anything to be surprised about regarding the entire Edward Snowden situation.

The present position of The White House is precisely what one would, and should, expect from a “cabal” of opportunists who have hijacked our precious nation’s government, that has no respect for the Rule of Law. A cabal composed of people who think nothing of defecating on the Constitution of the United States on a daily basis and treat the Bill of Rights as if it were writ on yesterday’s newspaper, or worse still, on cheap toilet paper.

How out of touch they are to not realize that the game is over, that the American people understand just how conned they were by “Mr. Change” and the whole “Yes we can” charade.

In their sublime ignorance and unbounded egotism, the cabal cannot imagine that the American people have awoken from their deep slumber.
We get it now and we all feel so used and so foolish that we ever fell for such failed human beings and circus side show imposters in the first place.

And the more these petty tyrants yell and wail and threaten other nations with their “We expect this and we expect that” talk, the more the world sees and understands just who they really are and what they really are.

Sad, unhappy, little “despots” in silk suits who actually believe that by inhabiting an important, storied place and walking the storied marble halls where the likes of such great Americans as Abraham Lincoln once trod, that somehow by some mystical stroke of fate, they too have been touched and empowered by the spirits of the great and immortal Americans of the past.

I have no desire to burst their highly inflated bubble, especially as events in the near future will accomplish that quite nicely and most effectively as the message spreads, worldwide, that the “Emperor has no Clothes”.

The gift of gab and a silver tongue can only get you so far in this world and only for a finite period of time.

Abraham Lincoln, who understood what is involved and what is required of a great Leader, said it best:
” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” President Abraham Lincoln

I must admit that I was one of the tens of millions of loyal Americans who was taken in by “Mr. Change”, and all his lofty rhetoric and lofty but quite empty promises.

We were all taken for a ride to a place called “Disappointment and Broken Dreams” otherwise known as “The Emerald City”, cleverly Lorded over and manipulated by the “Wizard of Oz”.

But that was then and this is now. The great “curtain” has been pulled back. We get it. And we have all grown much older in a day. And henceforward and forever more, we now know that nothing the present cabal in The White House, ever says can be trusted or believed.

People who tell lies and scheme behind the backs of all decent, loyal Americans, and when caught in their lies, claim it is for the People’s own good, are not fit to inhabit the Hollowed Halls and the “Oval Office” of this, our Sacred Republic.

This present Administration has sullied and dirtied the rare opportunity the American people bestowed upon it, to bring our Nation to a “higher place”.

This Administration has made our Great Nation a laughing stock in the world whilst betraying the Sacred Trust the American people vested in those it sent to Washington, DC, to do the “People’s Work”.

Better to live under a Tyrant who makes no pretense that he is something other than what he is, then to go through the motions of voting in a Democracy for people who purport to care about the people but are in fact just run of the mill, common opportunists, who are beholden only to those who stuff their pockets with cash for favors and votes rendered.

We and the world understand what we, the American people have wrought and brought down upon ourselves over the past several years.

But the fact that our Great Republic has been temporarily hijacked by grifters and schemers is no poor reflection on our Great Nation so much as it is on those who tried to usurp powers to which they were not entitled, and never will be, by the Constitution of the United States of America.

The only seemly thing, the cabal in the present White House can do and should do now, is to cease with all the airs and all the arrogance, and all the high drama and histrionics, and try to quietly apologize to the good people of this Nation, the people they so sorely Betrayed.

As I once heard a small child say, to whom a grievous injustice had been done: “Sorry – doesn’t make it alright”.

That is quite true, but Mr. Obama has to start somewhere so it may as well be there.
And as a great Sage once said: “If not now, then when ?”

Jun 24, 2013 2:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

The military industrial complex has a problem keeping and increasing its budgets and profits and power without a war.
If Iraq and Afghanistan are done over, and they cannot have war in Syria or Iran without big Israeli casualties and the Gulf oil and gas blown up and a global financial collapse, then the next best thing is an endless war on Americans.
US citizens should notice that surveillance and control have shifted from local police to FBI to DHS to the Pentagon NSA.
But they need something really divisive to “maintain order”, not just screwed up Chechens. Beware.

Jun 24, 2013 2:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KhanneaSuntzu wrote:

The USA has been persistently ‘unilateral’ of late, and its democratic record has been in sharp decline. What the US does not seem to recognize is that many countries in the world, and many people in these countries, are starting to regard the US with loathing. The kind of loathing for an ungracefully aging man, who used to be a nice man, but now lets his house turn to mold and ruin, is beating his wife and kids and smells of booze all the time.

I mean – I understand what is happening. It is obvious. In the US a specific upper few percent has benefited so much from political corruption, clientilism, shilling, pork. This small elite in the US is effectively harvesting its own people and much of the world as raw material for their own sense of entitlement. These people got so rich and they can’t bear lose any of that affluence.

So in effect the political caste is subserviently catering to these billionaires and making sure their masters don’t end up paying for “austerity” or “climate change” or “peak oil”. It is all well-documented – the rich of the US are achieving escape velocity and now they had enough of this “democracy” nonsense. It’s theirs and they want the state apparatus to consolidate it.

Let’s be frank here. These people think they have a fair chance to be medically immortal in a few decades and achieve true post-human status as hyper rich cyborg deities. They think they have a clear race to the finish line of history ahead of them.

All I see however is a race to who gets to bring down the Guillotines from the woodshed. This will end in a world wide lynching.

Tyler Shrugged.

Jun 24, 2013 3:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yamayoko wrote:

The problem now facing Snowden is not he’s got no passport or visa, but actually no airline on earth is gutty enough to carry him to anywhere in open antagony with U.S. even he had a valid passport. So his next flight should be an Air Force I from Ecuador I guess.

Jun 24, 2013 3:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeachBottom wrote:

Look how quickly these so-called ‘Patriots’ of the Tea Party, side with communist countries that harbor a fugitive.
The Tea Party used to call President Obama a communist, but now the Tea Party is siding with communist countries.
The fascist Tea Party is cashing in, just for a little political posturing in 2014.
Even John Boehnor is drawing the line between him and the fascist Tea Party by saying Snowden is a traitor.

Jun 24, 2013 3:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
markkkkkao wrote:

Snowden may be illegally wrong about leaking “state” secrets, but he is morally right to rigth from wrong. How would you define “state” secrets? Did Snowden leak anything that might destroy the U.S. physically or spiritually?

The U.S. took issue of Internet hacking with China when President of China recently visited the U.S. But the biggest culprit of Internet hacking is the U.S. itself after all.

Jun 24, 2013 3:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sparkyshan wrote:

I applaud Mr. Snowden for letting the american people know what ist government has been doing since 9/11. This is a violation of the 4th amendment, plain and simple

Jun 24, 2013 4:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

I would be lying if I say I am living in a free society, knowing that every aspect of my privacy whether its emails, phone conversations, comments on blogs or facebook is being monitored. I would imagine the US constitution protects individual human rights, No?

Jun 24, 2013 4:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
teric wrote:

Obama needs to give back his nobel peace prize, and resign immediately for all his actions in violation of our constitution and freedom.

Jun 24, 2013 4:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
redeemed626 wrote:

I am as progressive as the come on many of the issues involved in the Snowden case, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many otherwise reasonable people are suddenly possessed with the inflated sense of entitlement that sanctions the unauthorized, illegal release of highly classified material to the general public, the news media, and perhaps even hostile foreign governments. If Snowden truly is a hero who has exposed crimes by his government, then let him face his accusers and prove that the doctrine of necessity made his otherwise illegal act excusable. Hiding behind the skirts of Wikileaks and tinpot foreign dictators does nothing to help Snowden’s cause or increase his credibility. If our foreign counterparts continue to insist upon playing these diplomatic shell games to avoid Snowden’s lawful transfer to U.S. custody, they are inviting the U.S. government to arrange a trip for Snowden to the E.R. (Extraordinary Rendition)

Jun 24, 2013 4:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Corprocracy wrote:

I believe it may be time to define high crimes and misdemeanors.

Jun 24, 2013 4:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
only1ofme wrote:

Hurry up and tell us the whole truth. Obama is going to kill you soon.

Jun 24, 2013 4:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LMOB wrote:

I am with the Russians on this one. I do hope they stick two fingers in their air in response to the US Government, and no I am not talking about a peace sign.

This whole situation is funny, comical to say the least. I like the way the Chinese organised for Snowden to be out of Hong Kong so that they are not involved in any dispute with the US.

Apparently Snowden’s on his way to Ecuador just like Julian Assange as soon as he can leave their embassy in the UK.

I agree with the Russians over Syria as well. So glad that the Americans still have some enemies who can be relied upon to do the right thing.

Jun 24, 2013 4:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
GordonJenkins wrote:

How on earth can Russia possibly expel Edward Snowden “back” to the United States? He entered Russia from China without a valid passport. The Russians, from a purely legal standpoint have no idea where this person, whom the United States claims to be Edward Snowden. Oh wait, I see the problem…if the United States hadn’t revoked Snowden’s Passport, the Russians would know where he was from and could comply with the U.S. request, if they weren’t so gosh darned persnickety about it. General Stonewall Jackson. Now there was a fine American.
Let’s take some time to talk about Stonewall Jackson. What is “stonewalling”? Can you say “in yer face ‘Murica”?

Jun 24, 2013 4:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
only1ofme wrote:

Obama is serving Bush’s fourth term. With every drone hit and bomb that kills an innocent person on foreign soil, a piece of what used to be America is lost.

Jun 24, 2013 4:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
only1ofme wrote:

To redeemed626- “tinpot foreign dictators” makes me laugh. I see you still believe in the faded concept of American exceptionalism. Don’t you realize that Bush/Obama traded our moral authority for a mountain full of cat videos? Those days are over- get used to it. We have no more beacon of freedom to shine on the world. Looks to me like Russia won the Cold War after all.

Jun 24, 2013 4:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
leungsite wrote:

Intelligence spy is a life career. You may retire, but not opt out in the middle of it.

Jun 24, 2013 4:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
STMahlberg wrote:

The United States has been accused of spying on China and then this Administration has to wonder why China won’t cooperate with Snowden’s extradition???

The World has watched the past three-and-a-half years how we have treated other Countries and Countries who are suppose to be our Ally’s… Why should they cooperate?

I’m almost hoping the Snowden gets away just so he can be a further embarrassment to this Administration.

Jun 24, 2013 4:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobby89os wrote:

what genius came up w/ “Magnitsky law”

R we gonna go after Putin and his boys personally over “human rights violations” in russia? are we that big? true geniuses in Washington.

Jun 24, 2013 4:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CitizenAbroad wrote:

@GordonJenkins: Snowden is in transit at Sheremetyevo airport and has not actually entered Russia, i.e., he has not gone through passport control. Passengers with onward tickets are allowed to stay in transit in the terminal up to 24 hours.
Aeroflot runs a fine business from its Sheremetyevo hub, transporting passengers between Europe and Asia.

Jun 24, 2013 5:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Snowden has done every citizen of the US a service by revealing that we are living in surveillance state. The US needs to stop creating enemies to justify MASSIVE surveillance and data collection (approved by secret rubber-stamp kangaroo courts). Safe travels, Ed Snowden. May you end up in a place where you can live a happy and productive life.

Jun 24, 2013 6:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dhirajkunar wrote:

There goes down the drain the clout and influence of the United States. The US lawmakers will find this difficult to digest. This is gonna be the new normal.

And Reuters please do not use the words like “Russia defiant….”. Just as America can flatten Russia in a war, so can Russia do to America. So these words such as “defiant” do not carry any meaning.

Jun 24, 2013 6:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BiteRight wrote:

The U.S. has no right to cast anger at China or Hong Kong as they received Snowden involuntarily. The fugitive was not invited to go there. If our home mess is spilled over to our neighbor, he has every right to clean up his front yard with our apology.

Jun 24, 2013 6:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lex_70 wrote:

Hey, all you egocentric US patriots… your government is SPYING on the WHOLE WORLD.. and we do not like it nor nor did we give you permission.

I would not expect many non NATO countries to be very concerned or cooperative with the wishes of the US, especially after the US has shown absolutely no respect or regard for any other sovereign nation.

Jun 24, 2013 6:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Erikkc wrote:

I hope he does go to Ecuador. It will be a lot easier to get a hold of him there than in China or Russia.

Jun 24, 2013 6:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Prox wrote:

So we should not expect the two countries to honor the treaty they signed?

Jun 24, 2013 6:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

The man’s looking after the 99%. Nobody else does!

Jun 24, 2013 7:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SuddenGenesis wrote:

He brought the news out in the sun
So now he is off on the run
He picks his stops well
It’s like he can tell
Where U.S. relations are shunned

Jun 24, 2013 7:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrd11 wrote:

Of course, if it were the case of a Chinese dissident revealing embarrasing secrets about Chinese espionage activities, I’m sure the US government would be happy to comply with a Chinese extradition request…

Jun 24, 2013 7:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

Remember the old days, when the Soviet Union “demanded” the return of Soviet defectors?

Jun 24, 2013 7:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigMak wrote:

I, EVEN AS AN AMERICAN, find it funny that our government thinks the rest of the world ( with an exception to the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Japan and some other mostly worthless countries ) is just going to follow their every command whenever they demand something. The weird thing is days before I recall a report posted quoting Putin as saying the wire tapping and surveillance, as in reference to this case, is the best way to combat terrorism in this information age – that basically tells me that Russia has little interest in helping America because of the Syria conflicts or maybe because no nation should be allowed to just order a person to be arrested without their being some kind of casualties, risk of, etc. A call from Obama onto to other nations to reduce nuclear weapons basically tells me our military is basically hurting for cash to fund the production of all these firearms, bombs, missiles, tanks, submarines, planes, helicopters or the fuel and then add the cost of national defense, prosecuting war criminals, maintaining incarceration facilities ……

Jun 24, 2013 8:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigMak wrote:

I, EVEN AS AN AMERICAN, find it funny that our government thinks the rest of the world ( with an exception to the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Japan and some other mostly worthless countries ) is just going to follow their every command whenever they demand something. The weird thing is days before I recall a report posted quoting Putin as saying the wire tapping and surveillance, as in reference to this case, is the best way to combat terrorism in this information age – that basically tells me that Russia has little interest in helping America because of the Syria conflicts or maybe because no nation should be allowed to just order a person to be arrested without their being some kind of casualties, risk of, etc. A call from Obama onto to other nations to reduce nuclear weapons basically tells me our military is basically hurting for cash to fund the production of all these firearms, bombs, missiles, tanks, submarines, planes, helicopters or the fuel and then add the cost of national defense, prosecuting war criminals, maintaining incarceration facilities ……

Jun 24, 2013 8:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
shiloh321 wrote:

This passport, it’s just a piece of paper.

Jun 24, 2013 8:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Truth_Teller wrote:

What do you mean there’s going to be a “chill” in relations with Russia a land ruled by thugs, and fraudsters, all we have to do is push the “reset” button. And what is the ruckus about anyway all Snowden did was tell the American people that their Constitution was being violated by privacy invasion without a warrant? Washington is an incompetent out of control steam roller. Washington is too big.

Jun 24, 2013 8:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SkepticReader wrote:

As an American citizen who cherishes the rights codified in the US Constitution, and doesn’t accept them being “balanced” or “traded off” in favor of any other concern, I naturally find the repressive, authoritarian governments of Russia and China thoroughly repugnant. Infinitely more repugnant, however, is the behemoth surveillance-detention-and-murder machine that the US “government” has become while simultaneously bleating out shrill lip service to “the rule of law”, “democracy” and even, laughably, “privacy”–a “governing authority” that somehow can’t locate anyone responsible for the wholesale looting of the American economy (despite the thousands of law enforcement cameras in lower Manhattan), yet is willing to embarrass itself worldwide in a slapstick chase to capture a man who exposed its sinister hypocrisies. It is therefore eminently gratifying to watch Moscow and Beijing and Quito deliver pie after pie into Washington’s red, complaining face.

Jun 24, 2013 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigToe111 wrote:

The world is thumbing their collective noses at us, rightfully so. They, like so many Americans, have no respect at all for the current president,
There is a window in time during which we can turn the direction of this country around to re-establish the greatness that we once knew, but that window is closing fast.

Jun 24, 2013 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Starkstruck wrote:

Perhaps Mr. Snowden is using the Letters of Transit that Rick was in possession of …..

Jun 24, 2013 8:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gobnait06 wrote:

I see the Obama apologists are out in full force today, desperate to save face. He is a dismal failure in foreign relations and you know it as well as we do. A true leader doesn’t need to bomb any nation to prove his mettle. He needs to set a tone of strength from day one. Obama’s ‘policy’ has been a re-active one rather that pro-active. Our enemies know that he is weak and play him like a fine Amati violin while you applaud his missteps like trained circus seals. Thanks to your folly in voting this decidedly unqualified community organizer to office, our nation has LOST its ability to direct and bargain from a position of strength. We have become an international embarrassment. Are you happy now?

Jun 24, 2013 8:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Starkstruck wrote:

The USA is committing an international crime in capturing private and diplomatic communications between foreign nations and the USA. So, logic raises the issue that it would be inexplicable to expect those nations to have an incentive to help the USA capture and silence the one person brave enough to publicly disclose what is going on under the guise of anti-terrorism security.

Jun 24, 2013 8:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gobnait06 wrote:

redeemed626: Do you also support the wholesale murder of innocents- the collateral damage of Obama’s drone program. Funny how you leftists can excuse all manner of transgression when it’s Obama who’s committing them

Jun 24, 2013 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

I have been wondering for a long time what went wrong in Putin’s childhood and his attitude in regards to the Syrian conflict confirms that he’s got his problems, BUT I am grateful that he allowed Mr. Snowden to slip away from the US. Times are achanging and the US has to learn that they cannot walk all over anyone or any country anymore, as they used to.

Jun 24, 2013 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
robertoh wrote:

But,but Hillary pushed the “Re-set button”,and stuff with Russia???
What fools our leaders be.

Jun 24, 2013 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JFKIII wrote:

This is what happens,when you vote in a spineless liberal. This guy Snowden was probably paid off by some liberal group to help further America’s demise.

Jun 24, 2013 8:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JFKIII wrote:

This is what happens,when you vote in a spineless liberal. This guy Snowden was probably paid off by some liberal group to help further America’s demise.

Jun 24, 2013 8:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
frrapper wrote:

May God protect Mr Snowden from the governmental barbarians.

Jun 24, 2013 8:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
freddyshaw wrote:

He didn’t leak any real new information that would hurt the USA except the fact that our own government is spying on it’s own people. His action is nothing more than more exposure of the current ongoing attack on our constitutional republic’s structure. Are we turning from a land of freedom into just another totalitarian state? Are we able to rise up in mass and take back control of our country? Or is democracy a flawed concept that cannot work because of man’s corruption and/or indifference.

And we thought we were electing a Black American who would represent Black Americans, instead we got a Chicago politician who’s Black heritage is of a Kenyan Islamic influence.

Jun 24, 2013 8:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Cleary wrote:

Wow! So much for the “reset button” magic. But now maybe Mr. Obama and company know what it feels like when the answers coming are, “I don’t know.” “Let us get back to you on that.” “We might inadvertently do something you don’t much care for.” The thought of The Messiah being annoyed makes me happy. Of course, this is tempered by the thought of Americans having to face heightened risks because of Snowden. But any day that Obama is even mildly uncomfortable is not a 100% bad day.

Jun 24, 2013 8:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
suemarie000 wrote:

The government had already set in motion Snowden’s arrest BEFORE Snowden divulged the China/US spying. The government was embarrassed by Snowden’s release of info regarding the spying on it’s citizens. This especially was an embarrassment to Obama who chastised Bush during the 2008 campaign. Snowden had to use a get of jail free card to Hong Kong with the spying info once the US issued the warrant. I don’t think the government has accepted the fact yet that most of America’s citizens are angered over this spying revelation and feel betrayed. No…they are not upset with Snowden….they are upset with Obama and Co.

Jun 24, 2013 9:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kentex1146 wrote:

It’s quite an amazing day when I find myself on the side of other countries as they thumb their noses at the US government.

A government that by the way, does NOT represent the people that it governs.

Jun 24, 2013 9:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse

@SkepticReader, you nailed it with this comment. The US government has gone rogue.

Jun 24, 2013 9:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
davegoldman wrote:

Is this a joke? Obama got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and he is trying to blame the young man who exposed him. And now Obama wants the same countries that he’s had the NSA’s spying on help him? Sorry Obama, but not in THIS reality.

Jun 24, 2013 9:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
helmetbreaker wrote:

I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots over the “firm” demand to return Snowden! Putin knows Obama is an empty suit and won’t do any thing to affect Russia. Obama wants his legacy to be the peacemaker who takes the US from the strongest nation on earth to a second or third rate power.

Jun 24, 2013 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
waggg wrote:

US gov’t are bumbling incompetents, especially the Dems. Circus clowns.

Jun 24, 2013 9:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
february2 wrote:

I think the US is the bully here and I don’t think Obama’s policies or wants will work. Will not work because the Us Gov. likes deficit spending and owes money to China, probably Russia, and is losing influence day by day because of the deficit.

Jun 24, 2013 9:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

Until the US Government returns to obeying its own laws, especially the Constitution, how can it expect the rest of the world, or its own people, to seriously treat it as other than an arbitrary bully? No one, and that means no one at all, has the right to suspend the US Constitution and its guarantee of certain Rights to its citizens. And order or putative “law” that flies in the face of those rights is no lawful order or “law” at all.

If you want to get rid of the Bill of Rights and turn it into a Bill of Optional Privileges, then it is possible by following the procedure laid out in the Constitution itself. It was intended to be difficult and slow to do for a very, very good reason. Current events clearly demonstrate why.

Might does not make “right”.

Jun 24, 2013 9:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DominicPaz wrote:

Oh well. Just remember what Russia does in this case and give them some pay back for it the next time they want someone extradited.

It’s a two way street. If they want the US to ever help them in the future then they better return Snowden. Otherwise, the US ought to let Chechnen rebels use US assets for planning their strikes against Russia.

Jun 24, 2013 10:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ShiroiKarasu wrote:

And now Snowden becomes a hot potato moving between all the great rivals of the US, each one thumbing their nose and passing the ball… oh the hilarity!

Says an American.

Jun 24, 2013 10:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JabbaTheCat wrote:

Lol…why is everyone so surprised by the Russians and Chinese showing their true colours?

Jun 24, 2013 10:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
didihiggins wrote:

Snowden is a Patriot,,, the United States Government is criminal and illegitamte ,,, Russia is the only ones acting like adults,, the US and the CNN propagandas network want us to believe the Soviet union still exists,, this is complete nonsense

Jun 24, 2013 10:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
peterjndavis wrote:

21st century and democracy is already same as communism (at least in the USA) – you say the truth, you go to jail. That leaves me speechless.

Jun 24, 2013 10:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
josetoyou wrote:

This administration has turned our country into a paper tiger and we are the laughing stock of the world.

Jun 24, 2013 10:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dencal26 wrote:

I would fly B52s over Ecuador

Jun 24, 2013 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Toothless, toothless.

Jun 24, 2013 10:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Strongly worded letter to follow :} LOL

Jun 24, 2013 10:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse

If the US gets real mad we may send another 10 Russian sleeper agent spies home? Plus a strongly worded letter to follow .

Jun 24, 2013 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse

If the US gets real mad we may send another 10 Russian sleeper agent spies home? Plus a strongly worded letter to follow .

Jun 24, 2013 10:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PappaBear wrote:

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to India that it would be “deeply troubling” if Moscow defied the United States over Snowden, and said the fugitive “places himself above the law, having betrayed his country”.”

Hehhehehhehahahahahahahahahahaha!!

Above the law? Someone needs to give these guys a mirror. A very BIG one.

Jun 24, 2013 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Daniel77 wrote:

“Places himself above the law, having betrayed his country” = lol.
The only ones betraying the country are Kerry and his like cronies
who ignore the constitution and declare themselves dictators above the law.

Jun 24, 2013 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fred1953 wrote:

Isn’t this the same country that jailed Pussy Riot? I’m getting real tired of hearing how awful the US is, when Russia is notorious for non-justice of its own people…and wait a second, Russia is upset because of our government SPYING? Hello pot, this is kettle calling.

Jun 24, 2013 10:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:

No Worries…Russia can go take a hike and dig a hole for themselves.
They are defending him only because they are valuable resources and of course Russia is going to refrain.

Jun 24, 2013 10:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

Big Brother Baffled (BBB); surprise, surprise.
So very sad when one man can cause all this fuss.
We live in a world of utter foolishness, and should all be ashamed.
The “chest beaters” bellow hollow threats, and howl at the moon.
No one listens to this foolishness anymore as our economy crumbles before our very eyes, and our way of life slips down the drain.
We can’t see the forest for the trees; it’s time for a change.

Jun 24, 2013 10:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kljt wrote:

this fellow is looking less like a patriot and more like a common criminal. Other countries have no obligation other than extridition treaties.
I’m beginning to have a problem with some of what he is doing and he can’t think china and russia both want what he knows, if they haven’t already got it.
Going to iceland was one thing, china and russia is entirely different.

Jun 24, 2013 10:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Broey77 wrote:

Terrorism is not new, it’s been around since the constitution. America was formed by terrorists and freedom fighters that were fighting from large government invasion of privacy. Great men who thought that you should never be afraid of your government, but instead be more like a equal partner with the government.

You don’t partner with someone who is secretly monitoring who you call. That is grounds for divorce by some.

Jun 24, 2013 10:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sam2sam wrote:

There’s an unspoken understanding between our big tech companies and the spook agencies; notwithstanding their denials and disclaimers, THEY ARE SHARING DATA.

If you’re open to seeing what’s REALLY being done with your digital life and details, read this-it’s an eye-opener:

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20130620/VOICES05/306200011/My-Voice-Freedom-Rocks-federal-tyranny-versus-terrorism

Jun 24, 2013 10:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeachBottom wrote:

Snowden is waiting for that check from the Tea Party to clear, before he can buy his plane ticket.
The fact that the Tea Party non-patriots have sided with a traitor selling out his country to communist countries, should give a good indication of what they would do in 2014 and 2016.
No matter how dissatisfied a person is with their government, a real patriot would not support a traitor defecting to a communist country like the Tea Party non-patriots are doing.

Jun 24, 2013 10:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse

1984 has come late. But not “too” late.

Jun 24, 2013 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Blackstone3 wrote:

Sad day when the Russians are the defenders of freedom. The US has lost its mind with the Gestapo thing. America needs protection from its own government. NSA/FBI/IRS/DOJ/WH are out of control on a power binge.

Jun 24, 2013 11:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tolan wrote:

Yes, it’s bad for US. World knows now that US not only has it goulag in Guantanomo but is spying also own citizens. With permanent war in Asia US is an exact mirror of Orwell’s description of Empire of Evil

Jun 24, 2013 11:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
yodipota wrote:

It is really surprising that many of our public officials acted as if in the world of espionage there are rules and boundaries. There is no other way to play it. It is hard nose no quarters asked, no quarters given. Putin with his KGB background knows that. Learned it from the 80s when America thought it had won the Cold War. To our eternal sorrow and regret we elected a community organizer, unvetted and incompetent as President, ignoring the danger signals and warnings from others. Russia, China and the rest of our enemies are in this war to win. At all costs. America moribund and tied down by political correctness stands to lose. And lose big.

Jun 24, 2013 11:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChaddMaze2 wrote:

I personally think the CIA should put a hit on him. There is a whole lot of information that i would love to know about stuff that goes on in the United States, there are secrets and secret gathering tactics i would also like to know, but IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS and I know that it is suppose to be kept secret for the good of the country. Obama is too afraid of hurting some bleeding heart liberals feelings to do anything about this.

Jun 24, 2013 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fiddleski wrote:

“Fugitive who puts himself above the law”, bah I say. He may have broken some law or another but these laws that the United States is citing to justify the secret internet spying program are specious at best and defy reason. It just shows what the powerful will do if unchecked. As far as I have heard, Snowden has not divulged any specific secrets. I did hear a reference to how the NSA program may be targeting Chinese communications but I’m sure he said that to try to avoid extradition. What he has done is to expose this whole mess to the scrutiny of the public forum, where it would not have been debated at all otherwise. The high military brass is now allowing in congressional hearings that we as the public should have a vigorous debate about what is being done in our name. Make no mistake though, they are only saying these things out of political expediency. They would never have willingly informed us that these “Big Brother”programs existed. In my opinion, Snowden has done a great public service, far greater than Bradley Manning. That is precisely why the powerful, many whom I would otherwise have respect for, want his skin. Perhaps they’ll be after me now for writing this..

Jun 24, 2013 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AbuNudnik wrote:

“Overall, we have no information about him.”

LOL! [It depends on what the meaning of "overall" is]

Jun 24, 2013 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Maxwells wrote:

I’m sure Putin extended the same courtesy to Edward Snowden as he had Gerard Depardieu and made him a Russian citizen with a Russian passport.

That could be legal if they’d done this before the US had time to ‘unseal’ their charges against Snowden and send the proper request to Interpol for his arrest.

It’s seems Snowden only violated one law, yet exposed the NSA and the current Administration of violating many laws. The lessor of two-evils.

Jun 24, 2013 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRTerrance wrote:

Why does everyone assume he’s still alive? His laptops and flash drive may be of some value to foreign governments, but HE is not.

Jun 24, 2013 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
leslymill wrote:

Upside down pyramid scheme is gonna crash on it’s HEAD..Jesus has a bruised heal…

Jun 24, 2013 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KDupre wrote:

Can’t help but have some sympathy for Snowden in spite of the fact he shouldn’t have stolen the information. The public deserves to know what our government is doing that isn’t in the public’s best interest. Snooping on us without cause is WRONG!

This current administration has failed in it’s duty to the citizens of this country and needs to be reigned in or impeached.

Jun 24, 2013 11:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

Welcome to Ecuador, Mr. Snowden!

The time is Quito is now:10:25am (same as US Eastern time)
Currency: US dollar
Exports: 40 percent to US
GDP: US$4,500
Language: Spanish
Population: 15.4 million
Poverty: 28.6 percent of population lives in poverty
Government: widespread corruption in the Ecuador government, judiciary and police as reported by Daily Mail and other leading media.
Corruption Score: According to nonprofit Transparency International, Ecuador ranks 118th out of 176 countries (higher score, more corrupt); in comparison, US is ranked 19th out of 176.

Enjoy your stay, traitor!

Jun 24, 2013 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
max1952 wrote:

for me, this is another case of “why do members of the United Nations not have to follow the same rules?” Extradition, off shore accounts, human rights, etc, are things that all countries wishing to be a member of the UN should have to agree to honor and follow, they are worldwide concerns and interests. To have the UN as a forum should require a level of agreement with all other countries.

Jun 24, 2013 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
newuser1 wrote:

most likely snowden has been killed by CIA spy already. the media does not want to tell you the truth.

since his passport has been revoked. he could be running around like jason bourne in the movie. but he does not have any spy skills.

The other point is that the US force all countries to have treaty with it and trying to take control of rest of the world. they want to be emperor of the world. this is act of terrorism.

the US government blame china hacking on them, but the US has been hacking on china since NSA was born, as disclosed by a former NSA worker it the other news article.

the leaking of info that is a secret of american government that has major threat to the world, make american government embarrassed. they are hunting snowden around the world like hungry wolf.

recent new said obama’s trip to Africa talk $600 million of taxpayer’s money, with thousands of planes, guards, satellites to protect. just the guards took 300+ hotel rooms.

Jun 24, 2013 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to India that it would be “deeply troubling” if Moscow defied the United States over Snowden, and said the fugitive “places himself above the law, having betrayed his country.” Have you forgotten how “respect” works? Isn’t it a perfect payback to our handling of “dissidents” of other countries?

Jun 24, 2013 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JerseyDave wrote:

Nothing in this world happens in a vacuum.

Does the administration really think that after arming the Syria rebels and pillorying Russia for months in the world press over the Syria situation, they’re just going to snap their fingers at Russia and have them hop to on this?

Russia isn’t going to give something for nothing, because it is not the way their gov’t runs things, but also they get to sit back and watch the Administration get embarrassed and they don’t have to do anything, just not interfere.

Ditto Hong Kong and China where the President thinks he can snap his fingers at them and it turns out not to be he case.

This Administration thinks the other world powers will just roll over when told to like the White House Press Crops does on Benghazi. The leaders of World Powers are the leaders of World Powers, they aren’t his fan club in the press. The Administration can snap their fingers at their groupies, not at other world powers. Make a deal, talk behind the scenes, maybe. Publicly order around, yeah right, welcome to the real world.

Jun 24, 2013 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RUKidding9 wrote:

And THIS libs is exactly why you need a STRONG leader. Putin is a strong leader. Do you think he is going to listen to the liberal likes of obama? He knows he can push obama around and is proving it right now.

Jun 24, 2013 11:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
R.Patel wrote:

US pressure, what pressure? LOL Obama is a joke that only the low information American voter didn’t get, the rest of the world knows he’s just an empty suit in way over his head, so they could care less about his bluster.

Jun 24, 2013 11:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse

No worries, keep pressing the Rusian reset button, you know the one Hillary uses.

Jun 24, 2013 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
GA_Chris wrote:

Erm… What about justice and due process? the US needs to prove that there is a true case against him and that he will receive a fair trial…
Both of those are dubious…

Jun 24, 2013 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Why media biases as “Russia defies U.S. pressure ” rather than telling the truth ” As US threatening rest of the world ” ..

> How Many times US said f ^^off when other countries requested Extradition for their citizens? Even recently one of Chinese citizen ?
Where is the justice ?First of all Washington OWES an explanation to rest of world abut it’s spying activities.

Jun 24, 2013 11:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wonka wrote:

As a matter of democracy, it is 2 countries over 1 to allow Snowden free passage. Therefore the USA is trumped by democratic terms.

Jun 24, 2013 11:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
morefandave wrote:

Putin’s got his own “reset” button and he just pushed it. Those idiots in Washington actually thought they could influence a former KGB guy by being nice. You can take the man out of the KGB but you can’t take the KGB out of the man. We are so outclassed!

Jun 24, 2013 11:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crockodile wrote:

I am not sure if he is related to the British Royal House through Lord Snowden?

Please be aware and only try to hatch all your conspiracies in person and not on the phones or internet! It is Arabian Nights all over again, and the story of Ali Baba and
Forty thieves is coming to life all over again! Democracy is practically Dead, & the Big Brother Lives on, as stated by Oscar Wilde in the Animal Farm. The Freedoms and what Freedoms we humans should only aspire for do remain defined by the big brothers in North Korea or in North America. We are all going through a transformation beyond limits for sure! Interestingly, our appointed agents & our organizational tools have become our new masters in this 21st century. We may need a true revolution in the cyberspace in the near future soon!

Jun 24, 2013 11:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wavedoctor wrote:

Another self-rightoeus Liberal joining with our enemies to bring down America. The threat always was from within, brought about by our own trust and openness. Liberals have shamelessly exploited it, to their own end.

Jun 24, 2013 11:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jager66 wrote:

The NSA, CIA, and all the alphabet agencies cannot not keep track of ONE guy, and we are supposed to *trust* these morons with our meta data? The level of incompetence in bureaucrats continues to astonish me.

Jun 24, 2013 12:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamesOtis wrote:

If Bush was president the media and you Barryophiles would be would be praising Snowden for giving people the truth. He didn’t blow the cover of any spies. All he did was tell the American people their government is looking over their shoulders. It’s no wonder those other countries are ignoring U.S. chest beating and threats. NO OTHER COUNTRY takes Little Barry seriously.

Jun 24, 2013 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
obamasux999 wrote:

Yet another example of the feckless Obama administration. It shows how little respect the world has for Obama, and by association, the United States. Shameful.

Jun 24, 2013 12:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bill1985 wrote:

By definition anyone who is against the USA is an enemy. And anything the USA decide to do is lawful. This is the ultimate reason to being the “world police”, you get to decide what is right and what is wrong!

Jun 24, 2013 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamesOtis wrote:

Randor707: Pvt Manning and Julian Assange are totally different matters than Snowden. Snowden told the American people their government is spying on them. Manning and Assange released SPECIFIC information about event and INDIVIDUALS. Big difference.

Jun 24, 2013 12:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dencal26 wrote:

Obama is a weak President

Jun 24, 2013 12:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dencal26 wrote:

Obama is a weak President

Jun 24, 2013 12:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ObamaSucks wrote:

Give Obama another peace prize and maybe he’ll stop murdering people with his deadly drone wars.

So let me get this straight, they want to arrest this guy because he blew the whistle on an evil government doing evil deeds that are clearly AGAINST THE LAW?

Jun 24, 2013 12:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjtom wrote:

Clown Obama warns other countries? What’s he gonna do, send them to bed without supper? His warnings are as useless as he is and they all know it.

Jun 24, 2013 12:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Stardice wrote:

This dude will be killed any minute I give him within a year, reason US secret service can get him or even the Russians can get him on an agreement, this kid is toast, they will probably said he killed himself.

Jun 24, 2013 12:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
accbar wrote:

When the Russians responded to jihadist attacks from the Caucauses, we condemned them. When Yugoslavia broke apart, we sided with the jihadists against the Serbs, who were matching violence against Christians with violence against Muslims in a struggle the West had ignored but the Russians lived for centuries. For that fight, as the Russians knew, had only taken a short breath as the communists who had pounded the square holes with round pegs were gone. In so many other situations we accused them of “insensitivity” even after the Beslan massacre.
So now they are to love us and allow our spying to be a protected right, not against jihad alone, but against humanity?
There is a way a truth and a life that brings peace and freedom to us all.

Jun 24, 2013 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BoJackson wrote:

Yes, Snowden is a hero… to the American Traitors, China, Russia and those other countries that dont like us…. and to u folks that dont like the president or the Gov: leave this country and go live in China, Russia, Ecuador or Venezuela if u like them so much, thats who like and is helping your so called “Hero”…. In a post 9/11 world, no 1 is safe or feels safe as they used to be…. some precaution needs to be taken. That includes spying on national/international calls n emails for anything relating to the security of this country and its citizens. U shouldnt have nothing to hide if u are very patriotic n Love this country

Jun 24, 2013 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DennisW wrote:

he has not betrayed the country, maybe our overreaching government is more accurate, and he is a whistle blower on a government that is betraying the people of this country. BTW, he was/is a spook, you will not find him, so let it go

Jun 24, 2013 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WheneverPS wrote:

It’s hard not to like someone who is living out the Bourne Supremacy movie, and it’s good that the US is so broke, otherwise it would be even more active on the international stage.

Jun 24, 2013 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PetranoEsq wrote:

The real question here is thus;
would USGov go after another Snowden who leaked a top secret memo proving 9/11 was an inside job?

Jun 24, 2013 12:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone……
After tricky dicky, senile ronnie, dumb dubya, etc…………
There is plenty of blame to go around here, let’s not make things up.
WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY, AND HE IS US……………..

Jun 24, 2013 12:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Benny27 wrote:

@yodipota,
Yes, we really screwed up: what would have been better than a stage managed community organizer figurehead would be a hedgefund/Private Equity robber baron. Just what America needs right now, an honest criminal rather than a manchurian candidate.

Jun 24, 2013 12:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Publius11 wrote:

How has the US tried to “reset” relations with China and Russia? By its new military buildup in Asia to threaten China more easily? By attempting to build ABM sites at Russia’s periphery, and support military Islamic jihadists in Syria?

Poor Obama. The rest of the world won’t do exactly what he “demands.” Sounds like the administration, and the USA in general, needs to move from the adolescent phase of national psychology, and join the real world, where you don’t always get what you want, and where authoritarianism verging on fascism doesn’t gain you the respect of the world.

Jun 24, 2013 12:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JMaumoynier wrote:

These men are in a de facto state of imprisonment right now. The United States shouldn’t be in the business of keeping political prisoners. Neither of these men attempted to overthrow our government. If they have noting to hide they would have nothing to worry about.

Jun 24, 2013 12:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
normreef wrote:

Wow, Kerry condems someone for betraying his country. That is rich.

Jun 24, 2013 12:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hahadavid wrote:

“U.S. HYPOCRISY” a good title. Reuters is better than other media :)

Jun 24, 2013 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KaosHiker wrote:

Snowden reported a crime against the United States.

Therefore He is a Traitor. To Who ?

Personally I think the ones who broke the Law are the traitors to The U.S. People.

Personally I think those aiding and abetting Al Quaeda are traitors to the U.S. People

Jun 24, 2013 12:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MrAndre76 wrote:

Isn’t it interesting how the media keep focusing on Snowden and completely ignores the treachery of the US Govt. who contiually ignores the Constitution and spies on its citizens?

Jun 24, 2013 12:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RynosaurRex wrote:

Good on Russia! I’m glad they don’t bend to our tyrannical requests. It’s good that our leaders know they don’t run the world, and other countries are still sovereign. My opinions of Russia just grew higher.

Jun 24, 2013 12:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fiala wrote:

If Snowden wants to lose what little credibility he might have left, he’ll do it by getting involved with all of those wikileaks idiots.

Jun 24, 2013 1:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mbond wrote:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to India that it would be “deeply troubling” if Moscow defied the United States over Snowden, and said the fugitive “places himself above the law, having betrayed his country.

Kerry needs to look at the president before making comments like this because it sounds like he is describing Obama.

Jun 24, 2013 1:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZsparrow wrote:

O’ Pharaoh Obama… “Let my people go”

Jun 24, 2013 1:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SovereignMary wrote:

It has to be very frightening for Edward Snowden and his loved ones. Our government is charging him with espionage because he blew the whistle and informed the American public of the NSA’s unlawful abuse and violations of of constitutional protections. I don’t envy him his circumstance and the hell he is being put through … but, I surely do honor him in his courageous stance to speak out against the government violators.
We’ve already heard from other NSA employees who went through the proper channels to try and stop these violations and their efforts were to no avail.

Published on Dec 2, 2012 – Six months ago! –
“William Binney, whistleblower and former NSA crypto-mathematician who served in the agency for decades. Virtual privacy in US, Petraeus affair and whistleblowers’ odds in fight against the authorities are among key topics of this exclusive interview”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TuET0kpHoyM#!

Jun 24, 2013 1:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KaosHiker wrote:

@ Peach Bottom

So its okay for Obama and His cronies to completely sidestep the laws of Our constitution.
Answer … No it is Not.

I Believe When Mr. Obama was sworn in as POTUS. He took an Oath to uphold and protect Our Constitution.

I don’t think He took that oath very seriously.
Who is The real Traitor

Jun 24, 2013 1:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
19837076 wrote:

Putin is a man and Obama is a community organizer. It certainly shows in this issue between the two.

Jun 24, 2013 1:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarkDank wrote:

Snowden did nothing wrong, hes just telling the truth. I love how the press and the US try to spin him into the bad guy here.

Jun 24, 2013 1:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sirandrew wrote:

Obama will hold his breath and stamp his feet and wave a wet noodle.this supposed to so that he means business

Jun 24, 2013 1:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Cranios wrote:

The USA is far more arrogant under BHO than it ever was under GWB. I’m happy to see nations acting as sovereign nations, especially democracies doing so. The USA needs to learn that it cannot always have its way.

Jun 24, 2013 1:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sirandrew wrote:

Obama will hold his breath and stamp his feet and wave a wet noodle.this supposed to so that he means business

Jun 24, 2013 1:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ALALAYIIIAAAA wrote:

first of all united states has no allies any more and second the rest of the world believes that al quaeda and americans are the same thing.even though you know that you are arming al quaeda in libya in syria and so forth you are acting all of you that you are the victims of this case.your gonverments understood early enough that few bottles of beer and some silicon boobs makes you happy unable to protest about anything.swoden have revealed to you that nsa is watcing you and you are calling him traitor.naivity!

Jun 24, 2013 1:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TOTL wrote:

If the US gets Snowden back, maybe they could put him in front of circular firing squad made up of the executive branch and as many congressman as can fit

Jun 24, 2013 1:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TastySalmon wrote:

ChaddMaze2 wrote:

“I personally think the CIA should put a hit on him. There is a whole lot of information that i would love to know about stuff that goes on in the United States, there are secrets and secret gathering tactics i would also like to know, but IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS and I know that it is suppose to be kept secret for the good of the country. Obama is too afraid of hurting some bleeding heart liberals feelings to do anything about this.”

It is your business. You are are part of the public of the United States of America, and the US government represents you. The United States was not founded on keeping secrets from its people — quite the contrary actually.

However, it is easy to understand that someone like you would rather keep living life as a sheep and not be bothered with government secrets, corruption, cronyism and the stability of the plutocracy. You are entitled to your opinions, but many, if not most Americans wan’t transparency.

We are not at war therefore there is no need for secrecy, especially when it boils down to inherent rights, and the rights guaranteed in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights being destroyed by a select group. We cannot sacrifice our rights for safety, nor can we live in fear of anyone. It is time for Americans to stop the fear mongering, war mongering and the willingness for internal deception.

Jun 24, 2013 1:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
suemarie000 wrote:

This is what happens when you lead from behind…..are you listening Pres. Obama?

Jun 24, 2013 1:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
suemarie000 wrote:

Some dope named ChaddMaze2 wrote that he would love to know what is going on with the US but it is none of our business and the CIA should put him on a hit list. I remember those same words but in a different dialect regarding King James when American colonists were fighting for their freedom. This dope is a King James lover and is the real traitor to Americans!

Jun 24, 2013 1:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tols wrote:

The U.S. is in such a PANIC about this man. I wonder what HORRORS he knows about the fascist, tyrannically government Barry and Holder have PLANNED for us…

Jun 24, 2013 1:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lavrentii wrote:

The chickens are really coming home to roost for the USA.

After decades of “Do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy, and exceptionalism, we, and our EU and Zionist cohorts are getting the big middle finger from a world fed up with it all.

This is not at all about president Obama. I am disappointed that he is simply carrying out a consistent, but unfortunate and indefensible foreign policy with thumbs it’s nose at international law.

So, what happens now? You can expect Americans in all their ignorance of history and politics to elect a McCain or Romney ( two years after electing Obama Americans chain him to the most reactionary Teabagger congress ever) whose advisors will be Cheney/Sheldon Adelson types. Ready yourself for more war…

Jun 24, 2013 1:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbweaver2 wrote:

I feel like I am living in a parallel universe. I remember when Ronald Reagan was acting like Putin and the Soviet Union was acting like we are!! I actually find myself cheering on Putin and getting very angry at this bunch of hooligans that have been elected to represent us in Washington. This young man is a hero as far as I and many other Americans are concerned. It’s really amusing to see how Obama, Feinstein, Lindsey Graham, et. al., are trying to make it look like going through the paid customer records of all of these major telecommunications companies by their spy agency is a good thing and this gentleman who decided to let us, the customers of these companies, know what was going on, is a bad thing and a risk to national security! This is a freaking nightmare and it’s happening right here, in the good ole USA.

Jun 24, 2013 1:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HM_Phobe wrote:

Funny, it used to be Russia got mad at us when we helped their citizens, who were trying to escape an oppressive regime – now the shoe is on the other foot.

Jun 24, 2013 1:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rattner219 wrote:

@PeachBottom: I suggest you read carefully the Communist manifesto, because the country upon which you are standing is MORE communist that Russia, China, and Cuba put together. Your pre-programmed parroting of what you were instilled with in school, on Fox, CNN, and MSNBC is nothing more than false and dangerous propaganda. In the 60′s and 70′s those countries were clearly communist, but today one would be hard pressed to make that statement after visiting those counties and talking to their peoples.

Jun 24, 2013 1:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rattner219 wrote:

@PeachBottom: I suggest you read carefully the Communist manifesto, because the country upon which you are standing is MORE communist that Russia, China, and Cuba put together. Your pre-programmed parroting of what you were instilled with in school, on Fox, CNN, and MSNBC is nothing more than false and dangerous propaganda. In the 60′s and 70′s those countries were clearly communist, but today one would be hard pressed to make that statement after visiting those counties and talking to their peoples.

Jun 24, 2013 1:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rattner219 wrote:

“See something, say something”? Is this not what Mr. Snowden has done? What’s the problem?

Jun 24, 2013 1:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KCEddie wrote:

Putin told Obozo to get him some coffee ? LMFAO

Jun 24, 2013 2:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jacobs wrote:

Those here making comments that Mr. Snowdon has betrayed his country have it exactly backwards. Our country is the people of the USA, and this brave, self-sacrificing young man has stood up for the people. Those who deliberately violate the Constitution are the traitors, and that would include the majority of politicians in Washington.

Jun 24, 2013 2:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ShovelyJoe wrote:

So the rest of the world just found out that the US Govt has been spying on pretty much everyone in the world with an internet connection.. It’s shocking that no other government wants to help the U.S. Injustice department out. LOL….

Jun 24, 2013 2:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sego wrote:

The tangled web of lies and deceit begins to unravel. How much does unravel depends on how good the handlers and spinners are or aren’t. Should be very interesting.

Jun 24, 2013 2:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
giatny wrote:

I think Putin’s disdain for Obama was evident in their recent meeting.
Obama’s crimes against America are much more severe than
Snowden’s but the GOP is stupidly giving Obama immunity by passing
amnesty. I wish Snowden well, because the demise of America is
coming from within the WH.

Jun 24, 2013 2:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
giatny wrote:

I think Putin’s disdain for Obama was evident in their recent meeting.
Obama’s crimes against America are much more severe than
Snowden’s but the GOP is stupidly giving Obama immunity by passing
amnesty. I wish Snowden well, because the demise of America is
coming from within the WH.

Jun 24, 2013 2:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
giatny wrote:

I think Putin’s disdain for Obama was evident in their recent meeting.
Obama’s crimes against America are much more severe than
Snowden’s but the GOP is stupidly giving Obama immunity by passing
amnesty. I wish Snowden well, because the demise of America is
coming from within the WH.

Jun 24, 2013 2:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
giatny wrote:

I think Putin’s disdain for Obama was evident in their recent meeting.
Obama’s crimes against America are much more severe than
Snowden’s but the GOP is stupidly giving Obama immunity by passing
amnesty. I wish Snowden well, because the demise of America is
coming from within the WH.

Jun 24, 2013 2:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robxx wrote:

Ooooh! Obama putting pressure on Putin! What is he threatening him with a red line?

Jun 24, 2013 2:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JJErler wrote:

Hey remember in the 1980s when athletes and political refugees were regularly given asylum in the USA? Talk about irony — welcome to the new soviet union, comrades! We’re not the country that’s out to get it’s political dissidents — because that’s what snowden is — not a spy or traitor, but someone whose conscience did not agree with what the government was doing in spying on EVERYONE (not just people contacting others overseas) — that kind of sounds like something the old soviet union would do too!

Jun 24, 2013 2:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Joebleu wrote:

There are some who can stand up to this, but as planned there are the WW Z rest who are brain dead and cannot read into and do not care…that is who the Gov relies on to maintain the terror on the people…wake up !!!!

Jun 24, 2013 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CSParty wrote:

Another distraction from Obama’s poor performance. Stocks drop almost 1,000 points in one week by the Fed simply discussing when to stop the presses. Quit the stupid distractions and fix our problems.

Jun 24, 2013 2:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

This extensive spying has real consequences beyond ideology. The company you work for can have its trade secrets mined and sold to the highest bidder, and the courts can do nothing because the NSA and cronies are above the law. Next thing you know, you’re laid off and some politician is getting rich as a shareholder in the company the NSA stole for. And as we’ve seen time and time again, the courts and Congress are powerless to stop it.

Jun 24, 2013 2:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NowYouKnow wrote:

He’s a hero! Bring me my box of medals!

Jun 24, 2013 2:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
actnotasido wrote:

Russia is taking lessons from Obama’s administration, they “Denied any knowledge of Snowden’s movements”, that is the type of response we get we ask Obama’s administration questions, so the administration completely understands the reply they received from Russia.

Jun 24, 2013 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gee.la wrote:

In the flight to Russia, this traitor is stupid enough to think it has any chance to flee to any other location.

Jun 24, 2013 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KyuuAL wrote:

Snowden did America a favor by pointing out Government WRONG-DOING against the PEOPLE.

Jun 24, 2013 3:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SteveSavage wrote:

My gut feeling is that Snowden is heading for Iceland, not Cuba, Venezuela, nor Ecuador as the memes insist. Most likely he’ll be leaving on Aeroflot Russian, departing Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, 8 July 2013, arriving at Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik. Keep in mind that Iceland gave sanctuary, and later citizenship, to another American relegated to fugitive status, Bobby Fischer, after his passport was pulled and Japan was pressured to extradite him.

Steve Savage “King of the Beasts”

Jun 24, 2013 3:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
getinformed wrote:

Putin will not negotiate with Terrorist Organizations….which is exactly what the U.S. Executive Branch is under Obama.
Snowden will make it out of Russia and into safe harbor with Ecuador or Iceland, as he should. We’re lucky Snowden had the guts to expose this assault on our Constitution. I for one am deeply grateful.
“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”
-Montesquieu

Jun 24, 2013 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
robertoh wrote:

I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots. I’m 73 and have seen a lot of Presidents come and go and noticed how our Enemies and Friends around the World have been able to size up our Presidents over the decades.Putin knew Obama was an empty from day one when Hillary said they(administration)had pushed the “re-set button)with Russia.
Can’t wait until Obama talks with Putin about arms reduction.Our Military will probably end up with muskets and Biplanes after Obama’s done.

Jun 24, 2013 3:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nvwx wrote:

Years ago a real President by the name of Ronald Reagan told the PATCO union that you either get your rear ends back to work or I will fire each and every one of you no matter what the consequences. The union dared him and he promptly fired 11,000 plus union members and crippled air travel.

Our enemies took note, here they saw an American President who meant what he said and did it and to heck with the consequences. There was no doubt that Reagan would have retaliated with all out nuclear war if the Russians launched first. They learned and never called Reagan’s bluff and the cold war ended…

The current idiot inhabiting the White House has no such credibility with our enemies or our allies. He is a weak pathetic leader and those who seek us harm know it. We are indeed in very dangerous times and no one seems to notice…

Jun 24, 2013 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
InfinityWell wrote:

The story should be about the increasingly abusive federal government and its spying upon US Citizens, how it uses the IRS to intimidate citizens, how it does not obey the Constitution and how it is a complete disaster. Instead we hear about Snowden who like many citizens who believe in the Constitution would do the same. This is not the same country I grew up in and I am beginning to fear the criminal organization known as Washington, DC.

Have a nice apoplectic moment…

Jun 24, 2013 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
InfinityWell wrote:

The story should be about the increasingly abusive federal government and its spying upon US Citizens, how it uses the IRS to intimidate citizens, how it does not obey the Constitution and how it is a complete disaster. Instead we hear about Snowden who like many citizens who believe in the Constitution would do the same. This is not the same country I grew up in and I am beginning to fear the criminal organization known as Washington, DC.

Have a nice apoplectic moment…

Jun 24, 2013 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kevin3g wrote:

The shameless US government, its police state surveillance tactics exposed, heaps abuse on other countries for human rights. This would be funny if the people behind it, the US government and its big corporation patrons, weren’t determined to dismantle our democracy.

Jun 24, 2013 4:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hedley_Lamar wrote:

Please tell us how Obama could “put pressure” on Putin.

Jun 24, 2013 4:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EMTbiker wrote:

The Russians and chinese are led by wise, Machiavellian, nationalist and patriots. The Chinese and Russian own a vast amount of US Treasury notes that have been hawked by the Federal reserve bank and that subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, i.e The US Treasury. China, The Sunni oil sheiks of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and the international bankers-Fd owners, IMF and World Bank Ceos now use Simon deMontforte’s aadage, “He who controls the pursestrings is the true king” Our foreign policy is now determined by those who subsidize the profligate progressive President and leaders of the NATO nations with their Potemkin village welfare states. OUr Europen allies and the American citizens are now perpetual serfs to these plutocrats who lend our squandering socialist leaders money. Loans are made with terms conditions and with pledges of collateral favorable to the lender.. The US has the credibility and credit rating of a crack head. Those patriotic nationalist like Putin and Premier Xi, do not use UN treaties to surrender the sovereignty of their nation nor abrogate and nullify the freedoms of their citizens to some foreign nobility like the NATO leaders do to the UN. The BRIC are also fiscally prudent, with China lending back some of its free trade profits, courtesy of the trade imbalane. . The BRIC nations are prospering financially and growing in power militarily and can now, rightfully, the indebted, socialist beggars in Washington to pound salt.

Jun 24, 2013 4:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wulfdane wrote:

If Snowden is a traitor for revealing the government was illegally spying on the American people, what does that make the government?

The only people who betrayed the American people, are those who turned a blind to this type of government abuse and refuse to hold this administration accountable. No government should be allowed to behind “national security” to violate the rights of citizens.

Whatever damage comes from this, it is all on the Obama administration for approving a program that was violating our Constitutional rights, forcing someone in the NSA with a conscious to step forward.

Jun 24, 2013 4:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama acts like a maniac dictator in this case.

Jun 24, 2013 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

If Russia respects human rights and freedom, basic ideas of our civilization, should not send him to this maniac US government.
Russia should protect the person who exposed the truth to the public opinion.

Jun 24, 2013 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
joe10082 wrote:

If the Obama administration really thinks that the Russian government is going to assist them in capturing Snowden they are mistaken. Russian officials will if anything accomodate him in his search for a new home hoping that Snowden might eventually feel threatened enough that he will seek refuge in a location where he will definitely be secure. The foreign policy interests of the United States government and the Russian government are distinct and totally different.

Jun 24, 2013 4:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Smitty77 wrote:

Gotta love that comment that the actions of the Chinese will damage our relationships! But then who will finance our ecconomy?

Jun 24, 2013 4:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aviano44 wrote:

I am ex-Military, many of my friends are as well, we have never seen a worse attitude in our fighting forces. Very let down, demeaned by the White House and many Democrats. As Robertoh above wrote, I would not be surprised to see us give away our missile technology to the Russians and Chinese in favor of reductions which we all know they will never agree to and meanwhile the Rogue states of Iran and North Korea are building capacity. Won’t be long, we will sell off our Navy to pay the debt.

Jun 24, 2013 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ajacks922 wrote:

Any semi intelligent person realizes its a complex world we live in and not everything is black & white. There are grey areas. True, our country was founded on the basis of freedom and transparency but the Government’s responsibility is also to protect. I hear people on here crying…its against our constitution and BS like that. What people fail to realize is that its really not against our constitution! Our elected officials OK’d all of this.(aka president, congress, senate, judges) They knew it was going on. Under the constitution (they represent us). They are us !!! So how can it be against our constitution ? There have always been classified laws that the general population did not know about. This is nothing new !!! I personally am not concerned too much about the surveillance program. I am concerned about the possibility that the surveillance program could be abused in the future. I believe that the initial intent of the program is to protect the american people. But we still have you paranoid schizos out there who think the government is listening to all your calls. My guess is….its the probably the same group of people who actually believed that whole “birthers” movement during the past 2 elections.

Do people not know how this surveillance works ? They are not listening to calls !! Over the past week or so I know I have seen at least 15-20 different politicians on TV all explaining how the program works. Even the president gave an interview explaining how the NSA surveillance program works. They all explained the program the same way !! Republicans and Democrats explained it the same way. I really doubt that Republicans and Democrats gathered together and concocted a lie to tell the american people. They are only storing phone numbers and call duration. If they suspect something ….they get a court order to intercept calls. That really does not sound like spying to me !

And another thing…how can anybody really see this edward snowden guy as anything other than a weasel /traitor ! I mean come on….the guy fled to china & russia ! If he were just a whistle-blower looking out for the american people…..he could have just leaked his story the New York times or some other media outlet and stayed here in the united states. that would be it. Thats all he needed to do !! #$%$ is he doing in China & Russia. That is very suspicious !!

Jun 24, 2013 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gornisht wrote:

Americans appalled by Moscow’s belligerence! Really! Hey, if this scum has information which would benefit Russia , is it not a no-brainer to welcome him until he is through spilling the beans? Please, not everyone fell off the turnip truck!

Jun 24, 2013 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
s.veritas wrote:

White House spokesman Jay Carney defended the administration’s attempts to bring Snowden into U.S. custody and instead blamed China for assisting in his release from Hong Kong.”

Hey that’s a new tact, blame China!

Jun 24, 2013 4:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SSMcDonald wrote:

No country on earth exists that takes any threat from today’s USA seriously. Worthless empty threats are a recognized way of life from this present administration.

Jun 24, 2013 4:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MrtFUBO wrote:

If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny watching the ex KGB agent bully Obama on the world stage. Obama is in so far over his head it isn’t funny. So sad watching a once great country go down the tubes.

Jun 24, 2013 5:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

My last comment censored by Reuters. It was a very innocuous comment too. That’s why we need more Snowdens: Big Brother is getting too big for his britches!

Jun 24, 2013 5:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kentex1146 wrote:

It is quite possible that the US government has become the most corrupt government in the world.

If Thomas, George, Benjamin and the rest were able to crawl out of their graves, they would look around digest what was going on and then jump back in the hole and beg to be covered up.

Jun 24, 2013 5:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbgd wrote:

Snowden has already revealed what he had to reveal. As a fugitive from justice he is now of little further use to governments hostile to the US except as a bargaining chip and propaganda coup.

Jun 24, 2013 5:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JakePannel wrote:

Wait a minute….Didn’t Hilary say we hit the reset button with Russia and all was good….just another lie.

Jun 24, 2013 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

America – land of the not so free and home of the closely watched. Freedom is dead.

Jun 24, 2013 5:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cbj wrote:

What is it with these so called whistle blowers?
Do they melt in the sun?
Missing red blood cells?
Never exercise?

All three of the boffin’s have zero personality, can barely speak without sounding like they are on ‘ludes, are pasty, thin, emasculated parodies of what any cultures version of what manhood is and look like they are on the sex change waiting list.
It is obvious that they have been pushed around as children and have spent the time since adolescence plotting revenge.

What a sad joke that most of you dimwits think that these organizations are so powerful that they can be behind the 9/11 conspiracy (another joke) and yet be so stupid as to be held hostage by a GED holder with a grudge.
Anyone else see the logical dissonance?

Jun 24, 2013 5:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jaay wrote:

These guys in Washington play it tough. I guess that’s politics. But for many Americans, we still want to know why we are all targets of the government just like Mr. Snowden. It’s so easy to get the media and public to drift away from the real story. Why all the secrets in a democracy? Does any American have confidence that they are being told the truth by people like Obama, Shumer, Feintstein, Cantor or Bonhner. I don’t think so. Americans have to stay the course. It’s time for Mr. Obama to tell Americans what he is going to do about these surveillance programs. I, for one, don’t want to listen to his whining about how good they are. If they’re so good why didn’t the save Boston. When you’ve been around as long as me, you know when your being feed a line of B.S. Thank God for Snowden and Assange. We need more patriots like them.

Jun 24, 2013 5:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sarkozyrocks wrote:

So, it’s a crime to expose crimes committed by the government? It’s a crime to expose government wrongdoing? Without question, if a criminal government is exposed they will spin the wrongdoing as being “in the interest of national security” and shut the exposure down. Edward Snowden is not just an American hero, but a world hero. The media reports calling Snowden a traitor appear to be right out of the CIA / NSA “Operation Mockingbird” playbook in which their planted journalists in the mainstream media write articles solely to manipulate domestic American opinion. Exposed in the Church Committee investigations, every American should know about Operation Mockingbird: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird

Jun 24, 2013 6:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
josetoyou wrote:

This administration has lost all credibility with the rest of the world.
We as a nation are laughing stock because of “obama” and his cronies…
I am not sure that Mr. Stowden has done all that much harm, because the real facts have probably not been revealed.
He obviously values the Constitution more than his job and perhaps his life.

Jun 24, 2013 6:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeff81201 wrote:

James Clapper lied to Congress. Congress is dysfunctional and untrustworthy. The NSA has overreached. There is nothing patriotic about the “Patriot” Act.

Thank you, Edward Snowden.

Jun 24, 2013 6:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

I think Snowden has done greater damage to the US administration than anyone would imagine. It exposes the fact that NSA may have lied to the Congress. This is a very serious matter.

Jun 24, 2013 7:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
farmrdave wrote:

Above and preceding any laws named in this article that may or may not have been broken by Snowden is Constitutional law. If this man is a Whistle Blower making public the NSA violating Americans reasonable expectation that private conversations are private he has done the right thing at great cost to himself. It may not be listed absolutely in our founding documents that the government is not allowed to spy on us, however it is certainly and plainly contrary to the intent of the limits described in our constitution. Any thinking government will like to read the charges against Snowden prior to extradition. If the only claims are that they do not know what he might have that may not be reason enough to hand him over to a corrupt regime like ours. Now to the point. If NSA or any person knowingly violates privacy of individual Americans in their daily lives and conversations they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But the first hundred or so should be hanged so that the rest will understand how important a issue this is.

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Jun 24, 2013 9:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DbPolk wrote:

Ok to go get him after Bush/Cheney;etal., are tried @ the Hague.

Jun 24, 2013 9:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Joebleu wrote:

Why would any country or person on the face the earth show any respect to the pack of clowns in gov office in the USA today, the most shameful bunch of thugs who have ever been put in office as public servants in the history of man and on any other galaxy, they need to step down and crawl back to where ever they came from and stay there till the end of time.

Jun 24, 2013 10:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Roscoe707 wrote:

The traitor himself has shown his true colors. Look where and who he is running to. If he were not a traitor, or did nothing wrong, then why did he not stay in the US and face the music? Just another backstabber like many before him. Scum like the WIKILEAKS leader.

Jun 24, 2013 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Roscoe707 wrote:

The traitor himself has shown his true colors. Look where and who he is running to. If he were not a traitor, or did nothing wrong, then why did he not stay in the US and face the music? Just another backstabber like many before him. Scum like the WIKILEAKS leader.

Jun 24, 2013 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wilywascal wrote:

If the U.S. hasn’t made “rule of law” meaningless with our own actions and double standards, maybe it could provide a convincing argument for this administration, which shares responsibility for that hypocrisy.

Jun 24, 2013 12:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DMackk wrote:

Wow…

Jun 25, 2013 3:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DMackk wrote:

So what if other countries don’t want to cooperate, if we know he’s in China and is on his way to Russia or any other country so what. If he is being charged and the US wants him back that bad they can have him back. What happens when you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest here in the US and your bond is huge? Bounty hunters go and get you… International Bounty hunters anyone??? If drug smugglers can get drugs into the US then we can certainly get people from the US back to the US… Put aside all the political bull crap and all the media crap and let our GOVERNMENT go get this traitor…Regardless of any scandal Snowden knew the confidentiality agreements he signed and he broke the law. Now he’s on the run with sensitive information that could jeopardize national security and threaten our country are you kidding me? I don’t know about you but I love my country. Snowden shouldn’t even be an issue with us and other countries. Play it cool Obama and when the dust settles and Snowden is comfortable living the life kick in his door… USA,USA,USA…LOVE MY COUNTRY>>>

Jun 25, 2013 4:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
leonardbh wrote:

Whistleblowers against corporate corruption = good

Whistleblowers against government corruption = bad

Nice one sided perspective government.

Jun 25, 2013 4:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigMak wrote:

I dislike the term FUGITIVE when being used with anyone who has failed to have a trial yet unless an absolute immediate danger to lives is looming or the person and people have already killed someone, injured individuals, etc.

Jun 25, 2013 5:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chaytahn wrote:

Do I understand this? Snowden (006) rats out the program and goes on the lamb to get away from the kindly and gentle President and his henchmen. Then, the kindly President threatens other countries telling them not to allow the kid to travel through their country. Wouldn’t it have been easier to do some background checks on the kid before we hired him? He was a loser and clearly not some brilliant shinning star of the intelligence community. So who is really to blame here?

Maybe the kindly President does not want us to know what has really been happening with BIg Brother monitoring our mail, photographs, email, phone calls, health care purchases, stock investments, etc?

The IRS targeting conservatives is just the first step. Once big government figures out how to track all the data….anyone that opposes the State will be an enemy of the people and subject to harassment or arrest.

Teach your kids what America used to mean….and maybe one day it can rise from the ashes into which Obama has thrown it.

Jun 25, 2013 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chaytahn wrote:

Do I understand this? Snowden (006) rats out the program and goes on the lamb to get away from the kindly and gentle President and his henchmen. Then, the kindly President threatens other countries telling them not to allow the kid to travel through their country. Wouldn’t it have been easier to do some background checks on the kid before we hired him? He was a loser and clearly not some brilliant shinning star of the intelligence community. So who is really to blame here?

Maybe the kindly President does not want us to know what has really been happening with BIg Brother monitoring our mail, photographs, email, phone calls, health care purchases, stock investments, etc?

The IRS targeting conservatives is just the first step. Once big government figures out how to track all the data….anyone that opposes the State will be an enemy of the people and subject to harassment or arrest.

Teach your kids what America used to mean….and maybe one day it can rise from the ashes into which Obama has thrown it.

Jun 25, 2013 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wilhelm wrote:

a government revealed to be the gang of thugs that it is (the USA) demands that governments that it steadfastly accuses of being gangs of thugs (Russia, China, etc.) bow to its will, and threatens grave harm to everyone who speaks the name of the offender.

in a cliché rewrite of the gangster film, in which Kerry plays Tom Hagen…

Jun 25, 2013 12:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wynnston wrote:

Currently, the U.S. not even rising to the top 10 on Transpareny International’s Perceived Corruption Index, I wonder how this latest revelation by Snowden will affect the U.S. ranking.

Jun 25, 2013 1:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AntiDictator wrote:

Snowden has been charged with theft of federal government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorized person. The last two charges fall under the U.S. Espionage Act??? LMFAO, And what has the US government done to the rights and freedom of millions of people all over the world without our consent??? Oh, Im sorry, it’s US government so it must be legal and we must all bow down and kiss their ass?? People’s personal and private data has been stolen by US government, That is stalking, private theft and rape. The US government should be put on trial by every country on earth for this! When will the west, especially USA learn that you will never stop terrorism thorough bullying or trying to police/take over other foreign countries! Wake up you retards!

Jun 25, 2013 8:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BrianDavion wrote:

wasn;’t it recently revealed at a G8 press conferance Britan and the US tried to hack Putin’s phone. if that’s the state of relations now, I’m not sure, Putian is very afraid of hurting America’s feelings

Jun 25, 2013 10:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MARK887 wrote:

I think I just saw Snowden jogging down Pennsylvania Avenue. Hurry and you might catch him!

Jun 26, 2013 2:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ajaxqueen wrote:

Ah America!!! Looking from an outward perspective all these revelations are nothing new.
Your government has been interfering with governments all over the world since the Second World War in order to hold the balance of power. Look at South America, or the Middle East – and see how many despots have been placed in power by your people, in order to preserve the US’s status quo.
For people such as myself living in Australia – it is just beyond comprehension that the people of the great, the free, the almighty land of universal justice – are so naive.
America has killed millions of people in another countries. Yet, when your own are found guilty of this, nothing is ever done. Look at Vietnam, Chile, Iraq- the list goes on. The USA detains and tortures citizens of other countries without impunity. Yet when they have the roles reversed, they feel they have a right to ‘demand’ justice, for crimes committed against their country. Really?
‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. I am sure Obama is a good man. Perhaps he has just inherited a system that is so entrenched in lies and deceit there is no way out.
Snowden, Manning, Assange, may be America’s salvation. A chance to right the wrongs. Or at least start.I guess the most poignant thing is that as Americans you start to understand a system, we already knew was corrupt. For the moment – those guys- putting their lives on the line- those are your heroes – and ours too.

Jun 26, 2013 6:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:

“Telstar wrote:
@onemind. YOU are a complete and utter embarrassment to the human race.”

Typical example of how liberals attack the person when they cannot attack the point.

Jun 27, 2013 12:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
spca wrote:

sounds like hillary warning everbody

Jun 28, 2013 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
usa.wi.vet.4q wrote:

Ajax are you snorting ajax? Not our heroes. Maybe a hero in the countries sitting around while the world has changed. We are not your problem. Look north and realize where you are.

Jun 30, 2013 12:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
steiger wrote:

The US Government is totally out of control and has been since it became the dominant military power after WW2. NSA, the CIA, various military intelligent agencies ,the FBI and state/local law enforcement agencies have all intruded into citizens lives more agressively as time has passed as they have more money, more manpower and more technology.
The Feds say it is for “national security”, and state/local authorities say it is to “protect” you.
It is all propaganda by the US government. It is ,in fact, no different than East Germany’s Stasi, or Russia’s KGB which also had their “secret courts” just like the US has its secret kangaroo court , called Foreighn Intelligence Surveillance Court, which rubber stamped every petition placed before it, including authority for US government agencies to spy on US citizens.
This activity by our US government is a large step towards Totalitarianism.

Jun 30, 2013 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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