Don’t know if this is good or bad. I have a few theories on what’s really happening here and have posted a few thoughts already. But Obama has stated clearly he’s not about to barter for Snowden “just so he can come back here to face American Justice”.
Oh, and Venezuela has also said it would consider an asylum application from him.
27 June 2013 Last updated at 11:04 ET
Obama refuses to barter for Edward SnowdenPresident Obama “not going to be scrambling jets to get Snowden”
President Barack Obama has said there will be no “wheeling and dealing” as part of extradition attempts against US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
Speaking on a visit to the West African nation of Senegal, Mr Obama said the case would be handled through routine legal channels.
“I am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” he added.
Mr Snowden, who faces espionage charges, flew to Moscow last weekend and requested asylum in Ecuador.
Mr Obama said on Thursday that he had not called China and Russia’s presidents about the case, adding: “I shouldn’t have to.”
He told a news conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar: “I’m not going to have one case of a suspect who we’re trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where I’ve got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues.”
Transit zones: A legal grey area
- The Sheremetyevo airport transit area is Russian sovereign territory, but Russia says that in staying there, Edward Snowden has not formally entered the country
- Legally, an arriving air passenger may be said to “cross the border” only after clearing immigration, which would require an entry visa
- If Russia allowed Mr Snowden to enter, it could implicate the state in helping a fugitive, analysts say
- It is thought Mr Snowden may be staying at a complex of 47 basic “capsule” hotel rooms located in the zone
Read the rest of the stuff: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23084166