NSA leaker flees China for Russia; White House ‘furious’ with countries involved
WASHINGTON — Where is Edward Snowden? U.S. officials say they assume the man who leaked the secrets of the National Security Agency is still in Moscow, and they’re urging the Russians to send him home to face espionage charges.
Fearing Russian agents are debriefing Snowden and copying the NSA secrets on his laptops, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to extradite Snowden Monday.
“We have very high hopes that the Russians, who’ve said they want to cooperate, and have a strong relationship with us, will understand that this is important,” Kerry said.
U.S. Officials are furious the Hong Kong government let the NSA leaker leave for Russia, and blamed the Chinese government.
“We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “This was deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S. – China relationship.”
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