Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Obama Disappointed About Russia's Snoden Decision To Grant Him Asylum
President Obama said Tuesday that he was disapponited about Russia's decision giving temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snoden, defying Obama administration demands to send back the former government contractor to USA to face espoinage charges. Obama, in his first comments about Snowden since Russia's decision last week, said the move reflected the "underlying challenges" he faces in dealing with Moscow. "There have been times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality," Obama said during interview with the NBC's "The Tonight Show". Snowden, an ex-stems analyst of NSA, is accused of leaking details about government's high-secretive surveilliance programs. He spent several weeks in the transit zone of an airport in Moscow before he was granted asylum for a year. Russia's decision has pushed the White House to reconsider Obama's plans to travel to Russia in September.