Putin rules out handing Snowden over to United States

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dwightneller wrote:

I hope Snowden is chilling on a beach with his honey in the end of this chase. The US should let him be. Obama should cut his losses now. Nobody has any respect for him anymore. Not even ex-KGB.

Jun 25, 2013 9:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
3Hawks wrote:

Good for Putin…he is giving our government a taste of their own ways. How many Russians have sought safety here and America refused to turn them over. Let Obama whine and cry…he and Holder can share Kleenix boxes while the pres. takes a world flight on Air Force One to ease his pain.

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

Retreat to a safe distance. Give the sane ones time to get out. Nuke Um!

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

Obama should’ve treated this Snowden problem as he treats other scandals and problems he has faced.. just ignore them and wait for them to go away with the help of his lapdog media.

By making such a big deal out of getting Snowden he has made himself look foolish and extremely desperate.

I bet Putin is laughing out loud at our foolish President trying to enforce Russian law to his own benefit. Too bad Obama can’t put the IRS on Putin as revenge.

Jun 25, 2013 10:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

What a Pathetic attitude , Normal US citizen treated like vulgar Criminal by his own country too much noise and embarrassment , world can not be bullied good reason to check roman ruines

Jun 25, 2013 10:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jjparkerjim wrote:

I love the restart of relations Obama has created with Russia? He can’t even get one of our American country men returned. Attaboy there Barry you showed um? No ones gonna mess with us. Because your in charge, you are the man, where would we be with out you?

Thank god we only have 3more year left with this dolt.

God bless America!!

Jun 25, 2013 10:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

Knock, knock……
Who’s there???????
Snowden………..
Snowden who???????
EXACTLY, this is foolishness.
LOL kids, boys will be boys,
and mine is bigger than yours……………..

Jun 25, 2013 10:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnO700 wrote:

All this cheering and support for Snowdon and not much support for justice. Terrorist risk just increased, those not favorable to the US have a better understanding of the snoop technology that US taxpayers paid for which now must be enhanced. Or dropped altogether which many seem to favor. At what point can this country come together and work on real problems? Maybe never is not the right answer.

Jun 25, 2013 10:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnO700 wrote:

Do you only allow anti american comments?

Jun 25, 2013 10:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sdguy72 wrote:

Mr. Snowden should not be the one that is running from the US government… in fact, the US government should be running from everyone on the planet with internet access and a telephone.

thank you, Mr. Putin for putting a stop to this ridiculousness for the time being. hopefully, this will give everyone a chance to wake up and realize who the real criminals are in this situation.

Jun 25, 2013 11:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

no one cares what putin says. he has as much right to rule the soviet union -i use that term intentionally- as kim jung-un has north korea. both societies drowned by one man rule. i feel pity for the soviets. they tried , but failed to reach freedom. try again

Jun 25, 2013 11:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RusselFuture wrote:

Snowden is a hero. The Americans may hurt or kill him eventually. But America tortures its prisoners. This is a proven fact. The NSA also broke American law by “wiretapping” without court authority. So America has lost any claim to be acting out of any desire for “justice”. Their government does not follow rule of law anymore. We can ignore them. I hope Snowden gets asylum. He deserves it.

Jun 25, 2013 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

look, the nsa is your friend. put transponders in hp printers sent to iraq that bush used to shut down his missile defense system when we attached him for no reason, so chill. the nsa doesn’t care if you are cheating on your taxes or your wife, all they care about –are you a threat to america. if you are, then god help you ’cause the nsa is on your a##

Jun 25, 2013 11:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

look, the nsa is your friend. put transponders in hp printers sent to iraq that bush used to shut down his missile defense system when we attached him for no reason, so chill. the nsa doesn’t care if you are cheating on your taxes or your wife, all they care about –are you a threat to america. if you are, then god help you ’cause the nsa is on your a##

Jun 25, 2013 11:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

look, the nsa is your friend. put transponders in hp printers sent to iraq that bush used to shut down his missile defense system when we attached him for no reason, so chill. the nsa doesn’t care if you are cheating on your taxes or your wife, all they care about –are you a threat to america. if you are, then god help you ’cause the nsa is on your a##

Jun 25, 2013 11:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

look, the nsa is your friend. put transponders in hp printers sent to iraq that bush used to shut down his missile defense system when we attached him for no reason, so chill. the nsa doesn’t care if you are cheating on your taxes or your wife, all they care about –are you a threat to america. if you are, then god help you ’cause the nsa is on your a##

Jun 25, 2013 11:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

look, the nsa is your friend. put transponders in hp printers sent to iraq that bush used to shut down his missile defense system when we attached him for no reason, so chill. the nsa doesn’t care if you are cheating on your taxes or your wife, all they care about –are you a threat to america. if you are, then god help you ’cause the nsa is on your a##

Jun 25, 2013 11:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mavelous wrote:

Wow, a lot of anti-Obama comments…..
So nice to see so many pro-Putin Americans. I guess it matters who the President is before you determine allegiance to your own nation.
I wonder what the comments would be if Romney had won, ’cause Snowden would still be a traitor.

Jun 25, 2013 11:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
franj wrote:

Good for Putin. The truth teller is in trouble and the ones that trample the constitution call foul.

Jun 25, 2013 11:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bachcole wrote:

Putin is waiting for a bribe, playing hard to get with Obama, and Snowden is a fool if he thinks that someone like Putin is weighing right vs. wrong or security vs. privacy. Putin weighing right vs. wrong or security vs. privacy!!! LOL That’s a hot one!!!

Jun 25, 2013 11:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bear87 wrote:

Yea. That’s right GOP you guys are the smart ones. That’s probably why your party is having such an easy time getting votes in Congress.

Jun 25, 2013 11:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Spartakus wrote:

Oh the whining again from BS mountain- what exactly would Mittens have done?! Beg on his knees? Or nuke the Ruskies and China as some genius attempted to suggest? Send the CIA to drag him over here? The reason the president does not have many options is that Snowden did some of his homework. And yes, he is still a true American who upholds and respects the Constitution. Too bad the government can never be accused of same.

Jun 25, 2013 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sae-sho wrote:

@RuselFuture, the nsa got all permissions from fisa courts. whatever are you talking ’bout willis? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0-aQPbzCZE
i had hand surgery, so i will endeavor to not double , quadruple click. my left hand is my friend now, but it don’t listen

Jun 25, 2013 12:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
newlygrad wrote:

If the U.S. would discretionarily grab someone at L.A. airport transfer lounge for suspecting him committed a crime in Russia, that sounds a bit scary.

Jun 26, 2013 1:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

“Putin rules out handing Snowden over to United States”

“Obama told reporters his government was “following all the appropriate legal channels working with various other countries to make sure the rule of law is observed.”

With each passing day “His Majesty” in The White House, digs himself into a deeper and deeper hole from which it is hard to believe he will ever be able to extricate himself.

One can only surmise that the POTUS is so totally disconnected from all reality beyond the windows of the Oval office that he does not even realize just how insane his positions and pronouncements strike the outside world, beyond the gates of the Rose garden.

Or perhaps his election to a second term has convinced “His Majesty” that in another life he was King Louis of France whose wife, Marie Antoinette, upon hearing that the people in Paris were starving, famously quipped:

“If they have no bread, let them eat cake”.

More and more, with each passing day, the real personality of the POTUS gradually begins to reveal itself to the Nation. And to the world.

How he takes it for granted that only he possesses the supreme and infinite wisdom to steer the Nation in the right direction. That only he knows what is best for the 99 %. That only he is infallible.

When he stares in the mirror in the morning does he see Napoleon or Adonis ?
But in truth he is neither, more is the pity for the POTUS.

And as time passes, we see him for what he really is and in fact, for what he always was. And it is not a pretty picture.

His every gesture, his “body language”, even the tone and timbre of his voice, begins to grate on people, like a piece of chalk being dragged across an old, cracked blackboard in a one room school house.

The POTUS appears not even to be aware that events have gradually, or actually not so gradually, pulled back the heavy dark curtain and allowed America to see him for what he is.

But as the most powerful human being on Earth, because he is the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s most powerful Military/Industrial Complex in history, he has tasted and become drunk with the knowledge that as the POTUS, he is the great “Decider”- a term Bush of Iraq “Shock and Awe” fame once used to describe himself.

And of course, surrounded by endless rows and circles of adoring White House “Yes” men and “Yes” women and of course all the usual White House flunkies, sycophants, climbers and “gofers”, he doubtless basks each and every day in the reassuring glow of his all-knowing “perfectness” of which he is no doubt duly reminded on an hourly basis by his trusted “advisors” and always adoring staff, who probably respond to his each and every request with the words:
“Yes-we can”.

He must feel truly worshipped at this point in his political journey as the POTUS. And who among all the people who surround him on a daily basis would ever presume, nay even dare, to suggest to the POTUS that he might need to rethink a position, such as the Edward Snowden situation.

No doubt the POTUS goes through the obligatory ritual of “seeking out and requesting” the advice of those who are duly paid to supply such services.

But can any sane individual, based on what we have witnessed in just the past few days, have any doubt that this is a POTUS who could not care less about the opinions of others.

His latest statements, corroborate what many have long suspected.
That he is in no way, “a man of the people”. He is strictly for himself and what he likely believes is his Manifest Destiny as POTUS.

For what it is worth, I voted for him, believed with all my Heart and Soul in him, worked my heart out for him as did so many others, to get him elected POTUS.

But as they used to say at the old Race Track betting parlors, back in the day, using the broken vernacular of the Brooklyn streets:

“You pays yer money and you takes yer chances.”

We really had no other choice at the time this all began in 2008.

Could any sane person have ever imagined for even a second allowing individuals like Senator John “bomb, bomb, bomb” McCain or his side-kick from Alaska, Ms. Palin, ever getting within fifty miles of the Oval Office and that phone, kept under lock and key, with the bright Red Button.

So in 2008 we could either vote for possible, even likely, Nuclear Armageddon or alternatively for what we thought and were promised, would be “Change” with a capital C.

Well, we did avoid immediate Nuclear Armageddon- at least for the moment.

But instead we got “1984″ and “Brave New World” all rolled into one.

And we got a POTUS who in the midst of the most horrendous “rape” and desecration of the United States Constitution, in the history of our Republic, could talk about the “Rule of Law”, with a straight face, as if he actually believed what he was saying as the words issued from his lips.

And that, dear reader, will become a tale for the Ages

Jun 26, 2013 2:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gee.la wrote:

I am asking Obama, if this traitor isn’t with Bin Laden, you will get it and send it to a trial. I believe this is important to show us that America is a worthy nation.

Jun 26, 2013 3:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gee.la wrote:

You will get it in any way.

Jun 26, 2013 3:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

Well, here we have it! Amnesty International says what Snowden revealed falls under freedom of expression. USA, remember about that? Freedom, closely connected to democracy.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Amnesty-International-Takes-Snowden-s-Side-363441.shtml

Jun 26, 2013 3:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

@ gee.la:

a worthy nation would have given all the inmates in Guantanamo a fair trial by now.

Remember, they have been sitting there for 11 years, possibly being tortured, without a trial.
We don’t even know yet whether they are actually guilty!!!

Jun 26, 2013 3:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ALALAYIIIAAAA wrote:

america was never a trustworthy democratic nation .It have been using its fasistic methods since its birth as nation and now that is in the corner being beaten up hard every day by its competitors, demands democratic procedures to quench its arrogance.American politicians and american elite are snots and a bad joke.Way to go Putin!

Jun 26, 2013 5:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
drxym wrote:

Snowden had the good fortune to arrive in Russia while they’re bickering with the US over Syria. It’s a good way for Russia to get back at the US and embarrass them.

As for what he’s up to at present, I expect it involves being holed in a security room and being “debriefed” by Russian intelligence as a quid pro quo for being permitted to leave.

Jun 26, 2013 6:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Elroy0410e wrote:

The world’s greatest threat to peace and the most feared and deadly terrorist group, the US government, wants anyone who is critical of their illegal activities, terminated.

Jun 26, 2013 6:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeachBottom wrote:

Representative Peter King (R-KY) said it best about Tea Party Senator Rand Paul and the rest of his Tea Party non-patriots that support Snowden.
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“I think it is important for the American people to realize that this guy is a traitor, a defector, he’s not a hero,” the congressman added. “And I heard Tea Party Senator Rand Paul this morning actually compared Snowden to General Clapper. What’s happened to our country? This is a traitor, and for anyone to be comparing him to a U.S. military hero is absolutely disgraceful.” – Representative Peter King (R-KY)
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Senator Rand Paul with the rest of his communist sympathizing Tea Party has proven, with their support of fellow communist traitor Snowden, who has defected to a communist country and denounced the US government, that the Tea Party’s sole purpose was to first, infiltrate the GOP, second, to subvert the United States of America, by any means necessary.

Jun 26, 2013 6:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbgd wrote:

That much for the “long arm” of Mr. Assange’s Wikimedia. Obviously their escape plan failed completely. When Assange trumpeted “He is in a safe place”, he surely did not refer to Moscow’s airport.

Jun 26, 2013 7:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RandomName2nd wrote:

@PeachBottom Rand Paul is a communist now? The Tea Party are communists?? Libertarians are communists????
Hahaha…priceless. You have absolutely, not the faintest, blurriest, twinkling of an idea what a communist is do you? You’ve heard the word used in a derogatory way (derogatory means disrespectful or degrading in case you were wondering) and now you run around and accuse anyone that isn’t a blind patriot (a blind patriot is someone who supports every insane/corrupt/evil thing their government does without ever questioning the motives of the people making the decisions in case you were wondering) of being one.
Libertarians, which happens to include the original Tea Party (not the hijacked and distorted mess left over by the GOP presidential race) and Rand Paul, just so happens to be the EXACT OPPOSITE of Communists. You are 100% wrong. You could not be any more wrong if you spent 3 years of your life studying for a PhD in Wrongness. You’ve already perfected being wrong. Congratulations!
You think being a blind patriot is honorable? You are 100% wrong again I’m afraid. A blind patriot is no patriot at all. America would not exist if the founding fathers were bind patriots. Real patriots stand up for what’s right. Real patriots have a functioning brain and hold the government to the highest standard, and rise up against it if it becomes a tyranny. A blind patriot may as well not even have a brain. They don’t need one because they don’t think for themselves.

Jun 26, 2013 7:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

While holed up at the airport in Moscow, Snowden should star in a sequel to The Terminal (2004).

Jun 26, 2013 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IraqWarVet wrote:

Our government has displayed an unbelievable degree of self-centered arrogance in demanding from the Chinese and Russians that Snowden be returned. If the tables were turned, and someone were to come here from Russia or China after committing “espionage”, would our government ever consider returning that person ?

It is just one more proof that that our government (whether run by Democrats or Republicans) is unfit to govern and no longer is the legitimate representative of the American people.

Is it time to start thinking about a different constitution and system of government ? One that removes the extraordinary influence that the rich and well-connected have on our current regime. One that is committed to preserving the quality of life of all Americans into the future. One that recognizes that we have limited resources, and are on the verge of bankruptcy and dissolution from class and ethnic war.

Jun 26, 2013 8:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse

@RandomName2nd I couldn’t have possibly said that better if I tried. Well done.

Jun 26, 2013 8:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ALALAYIIIAAAA wrote:

sunnasutta@i suppose you will act as supporting actress as airhostess,right?

Jun 26, 2013 8:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
timeisnow1 wrote:

The problem with the worlds governments is the little people in government. All of them seem to be so insecure and no one seems
to be able to make quality decisions. America should not have a
deficit at all with all the money that’s generated on a minute
by minute basis through taxes. People our government has let
us down.

Jun 26, 2013 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

@ IraqWarVet:

I could not agree more with you.

I hope people will figure this out before drones have reached a degree of sofistication (thanks to the training exercises on foreign nationals) so as to be used against concerned (critical) citizens.

Jun 26, 2013 8:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Andrewp111 wrote:

He is not flying because his plane will be diverted by the USAF or shot down when it gets close to the Western Hemisphere. Snowden has to leave covertly, or he has to stay in Eurasia.

Jun 26, 2013 9:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Good for you Putin! I’m sure his sides ache from laughter at the supposed tough talk from Obozo. 1 controversy after another with this FOOL, Putin knows he’s a fool, he knows he’s not respected, he sees Obozo’s ratings PLUMMET.Watch Obozo go on yet another $10 million vacation so he can lick his wounds at being bitten by the big bear.

Jun 26, 2013 9:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tomyum wrote:

He will eventually has to stay over in Russia longer than he thought as US govt is now blocking all his choices to go to. Go back to USA and face a torture by his own govt or stay forever in Russia. It is not a bad move by US govt as he still has a lot of secret with him. I don’t think that is what he wants but situation seems to be that way. Now the traitor he is going to be which against his will. Feel really bad for him.

Jun 26, 2013 9:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
courtobserver wrote:

Let’s accept that Snowden is not technicaly on Russian soil and that he has not broken any Russian laws. Some of our politicians and the administration are saying that, despite this, the Russians could arrest and extradite Snowden if they wanted to. And they should.
Is this not a clear admission that this is what our government would do if the situation were reversed?
Our government would arrest Snowden, they suggest, even if it were illegal. Isn’t this whole affair about our government being willing to commit illegal acts if they feel the benefits outweigh breaking the law?

Jun 26, 2013 9:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rallyforpeace wrote:

To be against the American Government is not to be anti American. Those of you that think, the only to make the world free and safe, is to make everyone submit to your will, has been brainwashed by your political science classes or the ones that spit out their filth. This isn’t left or right, stay divided and you are playing the game they invented. Most of the criminals voted for patriot act and other freedom robbing laws, not just one controlling side. Time to wake up, there is only 2 sides, us the people, and them the dictatorship of the corrupt elite.

Jun 26, 2013 10:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sarkozyrocks wrote:

We’re only beginning to scratch the surface of the unprecedented, horrifying global power created by these NSA/CIA tech strategies. Non-Americans will not tolerate this type of outrageous American hegemony. The one certain outcome from these disclosures is that anti-American leaders will be elected and supported globally, both friend and foe. To anyone supporting this “national security strategy”: Where does that leave us? Whoaaa…a glitch in the strategy Gilligan!! Idiots. Get rid of this “national security strategy” ASAP.

Jun 26, 2013 10:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
T1M3_4_CH4NG3 wrote:

When your government says it’s spying on you to protect you, that all “law-abiding citizens” have nothing to fear, do you trust them?

Now what if the laws had been changed so that your government could point a finger at any “law-abiding citizen” and accuse them of being a “terrorist” without proof to back their claims.

Lets add on one more thing.

What if your government could incarcerate a “terrorist” to a prison far from prying eyes, without trial or due process, for an undetermined amount of time?

Welcome to America

Think about it

Jun 26, 2013 10:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NorthernLight wrote:

@PeachBottom : Hahaha, your smear campaign of labeling someone a communist might have worked in the 50′s. Your arguments are weak and I can understand why you fear both a movement growing in strength and a senator that supports freedom. You have a lot to fear indeed, if you support fascism.

Jun 26, 2013 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lemonfemale wrote:

As someone else said on another forum, our former community organizer is “demanding” from an ex- KGB agent. I can’t repeat what he said here, but that is a tough environment and you get ahead in that milieu by being the meanest, toughest kid on the block. A former member of the Choom Club is WAY out of his league. Obama takes Snowden personally so he is putting more work and more prestige into getting him than he has expended on Benghazi or the IRS scandal. If Putin should take Obama’s demands personally it could get bloody. Obama should go visit a country and leave it alone.

Jun 26, 2013 12:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Quizixal wrote:

I see a lot of people talking about how Anti-American a lot of these posts are. If you took the time to read the extent of what is being said, the comments aren’t Anti-American, they are Anti American Government. Huge difference. Our Government takes more and more power for themselves, limiting Americans rights and liberties year after year under the false guise of “trading some liberties for security” They take these rights from you, and most of the time you are unaware that it has even been done. Snowden is a true American patriot. He learned of our Governments betrayal of the American peoples’ rights to privacy, and had the courage to tell the world. This didn’t make our country weaker. Our incompetent government leaders have done that, and we the people, the ones they supposedly work for, we allow it to happen every day…

Jun 26, 2013 12:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mudflap wrote:

I predict a sudden rash of airline crashes.

Jun 26, 2013 12:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
starlite500 wrote:

Putin will no doubt get the release of a Russian spy being held by the USA……..or agreement to release a future spy who is caught.

Jun 26, 2013 10:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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