White House is "Extremely Disappointed" Russia Granted Snowden Temporary Asylum

Credit: YoutubeCredit: YoutubeWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said that the Obama administration is “extremely disappointed” that Russian authorities did not let the White House know before granting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum.

From McClatchy:

The Obama administration is "extremely disappointed" with Russia's decision to allow Edward Snowden to leave a Moscow airport -- a decision it made without giving the White House a heads up, Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

The decision came "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," Carney said, reiterating the administration's stance that Snowden is neither a dissident, nor a whistleblower.

"He is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three felony counts, and he should be returned to the United States as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections," Carney said.

He said the US would be in contact with Russian authorities, "expressing our extreme disappointment in this decision, and making the case clearly that there is absolute legal justification for Mr. Snowden to be returned to the United States."

Snowden left the Moscow airport where he had been staying for over a month yesterday and is now free to live in Russia for the duration of his asylum, which Russian authorities have granted for one year.

Last night it was reported that VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network, has offered Snowden a job. However, as American University law professor Stephen Vladeck explained to PBS, he may not be able to work and his stay in Russia could come with restrictions:

He can't travel outside of Russia, and traveling within the country also might be restricted. He can't work, because the government hasn't issued him a work visa. And there might be other conditions attached to the temporary relief, said Vladeck.

"All that it really changes is where he's living," he added. "I don't think this will be a year of hanging by the pool."

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  • bmp1701||

    I had a schadenfreudegasm just reading the comments on FluffPo. Hundreds of proggies raving about the humiliation of the US by the Traitor Snowden and the Insolent Pooty-Poot.

  • Drake||

    So did Putin. He was laughing uncontrollably while watching Jay have a Sad.

  • mr simple||

    If Putin weren't so terrible in just about every other way, I would high-five him and join him in flipping off the White House.

  • Sevo||

    "If Putin weren't so terrible in just about every other way, I would high-five him and join him in flipping off the White House."

    Yep, twixt Putin and Obozo, it's hard to pick the worst.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Indeed. How dare a lesser president stand up to the God-Emperor of the World.

  • NeonCat||

    Why, he's never even been NOMINATED for a Nobel Prize.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    We need a link and highlights, please. I thirst for tears.

  • bmp1701||

    Here's a select sampling:

    Snowden is dangerous because he's a naive narcissist with a savior complex. He's got no chance against Putin, ex-KGB, suave and nefarious. Eddy views himself as a hero, speaking out against my country on my behalf. But I didn't vote for him to do that. Oh wait, nobody voted for him to do that. His idiotic stance that he knows better than Foreign Service professionals and various security agencies has made the Senate Intelligence Committee look wise and good. Not, I think, what he had in mind.

    ---

    MOST REPUBLICANS ARE UNSTABLE !!! And Unitelligible also !!.

    ---

    Sure, we don't want "the government" trying to stop bombings do we?
    Why that's tyranny!

    ---

    So, Snowden has claimed he is a supporter of Ron Paul, Libertarian. No surprise then, he ends up in his preferred locale of Russia. Libertarianism is basically the Marxism of the Right.

    ---

  • bmp1701||

    And a few more:

    ---

    This turkey is clearly an on-going threat to national security.

    Forget negotiating to get back here. Find him; and, take him out, before he goes to work full time in Russia.

    ---

    thank russia ??

    against the President of your United States

    hate him this much

    wow

    head shaking

    ---

    some people are going to take NSA data collection personally because they feel guilty about their on-line pornhabits.

    ---

    He's in over his head playing around with Putin. Snowdon is a glory hound who sees himself as some kind of hero. A true hero would have stayed here and faced the consequences of breaking an oath.

    ---

    I for one will not be upset when some grizzly 'accident' befalls this little prick. And nobody is better at that than the Russians. The end - for a civil rights warrior who defects to Russia - will be poetic.

  • Anonymous Coward||

  • Aresen||

    I had a schadenfreudegasm just reading the comments on FluffPo. Hundreds of proggies raving about the humiliation of the US by the Traitor Snowden and the Insolent Pooty-Poot.

    If this were the McCain Administration, the song would be quite different.

  • Mainer2||

    So another reason to despise Obama is that his handling of the Snowden situation has me rooting for Putin, and feeling sympathy for Evo fucking Morales. Thanks alot, leader of the free world.

  • crazyfingers||

    If he can't work I wonder if there is a way to donate to him to help with living expenses, like if Wikileaks can set up a fund where people can send bitcoin.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Aiding and abetting a fugitive from justice is a very serious crime, and the NSA knows who is naughty or nice.

  • feudalserf||

    what do you think bitcoins are for?

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Last night it was reported that VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network, has offered Snowden a job. However, as American University law professor Stephen Vladeck explained to PBS, he may not be able to work

    I'm sure American University law professor Stephen Vladeck knows more about what Snowden can do in Russia than Russians know.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Qualifying for a Russian work visa

    The first step on the pathway to working in Russia is to obtain a job offer from a Russian company. This company must have the right to employ foreigners in order for you to be eligible. Only when you have your official employment contract can you start your Russian work visa application.

    Benefits of a Russian work visa

    The Russian work permit allows you to live and work in Russia for the duration of your contract, as specified by your employer.

    Duration of work in Russia

    There is no specified time period for the work permit in Russia. Your visa will last for as long as your employment contract requires. You should have an official invitation letter from your employer stating how long you will be working in Russia.

  • Juice||

    On one hand, it's nice that the visa is indefinite. On the other hand, it gives the employer a lot of power over the employee and in Russia it would make me worry.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Upon arriving at a port of entry, the CBP official will determine the length of your visit.

    I don't see how this is better.

  • R C Dean||

    Sounds a lot like our work visas, to me.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Because the same rules will necessarily be applied to Snowden as some random person.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    He has some kind of Slavic last name. What other kind of credentials do you want?

  • Free Society||

    English last name more than likely, but definitely not slavic.

  • kinnath||

    An I am extremely disappointed that this administration is murdering people around the world.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, I'd like to call a press conference to list the ways I'm disappointed in this government. It will be a week-long press conference.

  • Aresen||

    Only a week?

    Better talk fast and keep it to a summary.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, I wasn't planning to get into the details until the Q&A.

  • Juice||

    Bush's favorite line: "It's not torture."

    Obama's favorite line: "He's not a whistleblower."

  • BakedPenguin||

    I am appointed at the Russians. Even though they're only doing this to poke the US, this is a good thing.

  • Gladstone||

    I am appointed at the Russians.

    In Soviet Russia Grammar Mangle YOU!!!

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "Of course you know; THIS MEANS WAR!"

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Funny- the administration is suddenly announcing a "terror advisory".

    I'm having a problem figuring out which particular discomforting revelation has prompted this.

  • Sevo||

    Probably one that'll get announced after hours tonight.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Something that really concerns me about this administration's incompetence, seeming random policies, and corruption/abuse of power is that it could have a very destabilizing effect internationally.

    For decades now, most of the world (despite very strong words otherwise) has trusted the U.S. in international affairs, even including our military actions. Some of it is because the smaller nations fear us, but even the major powers don't make a lot of noise, knowing that we're usually limited in what we'll do.

    Now, if you're Russia or China or even a European power, do you trust the U.S. quite as much? Heck, I'm not sure what our government is up to. At least under Bush, I understood what they were doing and why they were doing it, even if I strongly disagreed.

  • Aresen||

    So, who would offer Obama, Bush, Cheney, Boehner, Pelosi, Hoffer and the other members of that gang asylum if they were ever held accountable for their violations?

  • Hyperion||

    He can't travel outside of Russia, and traveling within the country also might be restricted. He can't work, because the government hasn't issued him a work visa. And there might be other conditions attached to the temporary relief, said Vladeck

    I'm sure that Snowden finds that entirely preferable to getting tortured by Obamas goons.

    I wonder if Jay Carney has any self esteem at all? How could he, really? Why are all of Obamas press secretaries, effiminate looking white guys?

  • Acosmist||

    Guess.

  • MasterDarque||

    I would rather have more people like Snowden than 80% of the elected/unelected officials

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Seems Charlie Rangel is very disappointed in the Tea Party:

    Charlie Rangel: Tea Party Is ‘Same Group’ Of ‘White Crackers’ Who Fought Civil Rights

    http://livewire.talkingpointsm.....e-group-of

  • Hyperion||

    Tea Party Is ‘Same Group’ Of ‘White Crackers’ Who Fought Civil Rights

    Yes, but back then, they called themselves 'Democrats'.

  • R C Dean||

    Tea Party Is ‘Same Group’ Of ‘White Crackers’ Who Fought Civil Rights

    Since the civil rights struggle was 50 years ago, that would only apply to Tea Partiers who are on Social Security.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Why are you letting racist *facts* get in the way of Rangel's *feelings?*

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The Tea Party? Defeat them the same way segregation was beaten. “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”

    The rantings of a senile old man.

  • R C Dean||

    If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.

    Sounds like drug war SOP, to me.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    At least under Bush, I understood what they were doing and why they were doing it, even if I strongly disagreed.

    Yes, exactly. Boooosh at least seemed to have some sort of coherent program, however ill-advised it may have been. This idiot and his courtiers seem to completely lack any focus. They're like children randomly demolishing things.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I get the feeling a lot of the NSA and CIA ghosts are running free - they've been unleashed and now they get to do what they want.

  • ||

    The decision came "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," Carney said, reiterating the administration's stance that Snowden is neither a dissident, nor a whistleblower.

    No matter how hard you vile shitstains try to spin it, the bottom line is this man exposed your blatant violations of the Constitution.

    Did he break the law to do it? YOU FUCKING BET he did! You know who else broke the law?

    Washington, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Hancock, S. Adams, Hamilton...

    I think we call those fellas, um...what is it, oh yeah... PATRIOTS!

  • R C Dean||

    I think we call those fellas, um...what is it, oh yeah... PATRIOTS rich slave-owning white guys!

  • MWG||

    So... Juicy ham tears?

  • A Frayed Knot||

    So Snowden will be granted asylum in a country that posthumously prosecutes whistleblowers for the crimes that they exposed. Who said irony is dead?

  • Mainer2||

    So another reason to despise Obama is that his handling of the Snowden situation has me rooting for Putin, and feeling sympathy for Evo fucking Morales. Thanks alot, leader of the free world.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Maybe this kind of thing is what GW Bush was talking about when he looked into Putin's eyes and saw the soul of freedom or some such bs.

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