White House "disappointed" in Snowden asylum, but public reaction mixed
Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 01:13
Aug. 1 - The White House is disappointed in Russia’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive Edward Snowden, but public reaction in New York was mixed. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The White House said on Thursday it's deeply disappointed in Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to American fugitive Edward Snowden.
The former intelligence contractor, see here in video from the Guardian newspaper, slipped out of a Moscow Airport Thursday with asylum papers, despite U.S. requests to extradite him home for espionage.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JAY CARNEY SAYING:
"We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and in private to have Mr. Snowden expelled to the United States to face the charges against him. Mr. Snowden is not a whistleblower."
But on the streets of New York reaction to Snowden's asylum was mixed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOE FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, SAYING:
"Well, if he was telling the truth, I think he needs a safe place to be."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TAMMY SMITH FROM JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, SAYING:
"I think it shows Russia's true colors. I think it's too bad that that happened."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) GREG BROWN FROM NEW YORK, SAYING:
"I guess they give him asylum because he can give them the secrets America has, which is, of course, going to be adversarial for us. But that is interesting."
High-level talks between Russia and the U.S. scheduled for next week in Washington are now in doubt.
And President Barack Obama may decide to boycott a Moscow summit this fall.
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