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Post  fshnski Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:12 am

Furious US lawmakers lashed out at Vladimir Putin yesterday for granting safe passage to fugitive Edward Snowden on his desperate journey to evade extradition on espionage charges.
Snowden, 30, the whistleblower who spilled American spying secrets, fled his Hong Kong hideout yesterday, despite his passport being revoked by the United States the day before. And he flew into Russia’s open arms on the first leg of a circuitous search for asylum that officials said could end in Ecuador.
“I hope we’ll chase him to the ends of the earth, bring him to justice and let the Russians know there will be consequences if they harbor this guy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Graham vowed there would “absolutely” be consequences if Putin facilitates Snowden’s escape.
“They want to be part of the world community, the [World Trade Organization]. They want a good relationship with the United States. They should hold this felon and send him back home for justice,” he said.
Snowden planned to spend the night in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport — likely because, without a passport, he’s not allowed to go past customs — before hopping an Aeroflot flight to Cuba today. From there, he might go o Caracas, Venezuela, according to Russia’s state ITAR-Tass news agency, and then to Ecuador.
Authorities in Hong Kong claimed Snowden was free to leave because a US extradition request did not fully comply with Chinese law.
An official from Ecuador said this morning that the country was considering the request from Snowden to seek asylum there.
“We are analyzing it with a lot of responsibility,” said Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.
He added that the asylum request “has to do with freedom of expression and with the security of citizens around the world.”


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Post  WHL Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:38 pm

We used to be respected and we aren't any more.  If we don't respect our government, how can we expect other countries to?

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