Putin: Snowden a Free Man, We Won't Extradite
NSA leaker is in transit area of Moscow airport
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media following a meeting with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto at the presidential summer residence Kultaranta in Naantali, Finland, June 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Kimmo Mantyla)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin took time out from his visit to Finland today to confirm what everyone pretty much already knew: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is in the Moscow airport, but he's still in the transit zone and has not crossed the Russian border. He's free to go wherever he wants, Putin said, according to the AP. And since Russia doesn't have an extradition agreement with the US, Snowden won't be extradited, the Russian president added.

But he also expressed his hope that Snowden would leave soon (the BBC tweeted his exact words: "Snowden is a free man and the sooner he chooses a destination, the better."), and that this airport incident won't affect US-Russia relations. He noted that Russian security agencies "didn't work and aren't working" with Snowden. Earlier, Russia's foreign minister indignantly said that US "attempts to accuse Russia of violating US laws and even some sort of conspiracy" were "absolutely ungrounded and unacceptable." Putin echoed that attitude during his comments, calling US accusations against Russia "rubbish," Reuters reports.

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Jun 26, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
YOUR State may have the right to prosecute OFFENSIVE speech, Bart, but here in the United States, offensive speech against others or groups is a way of life. You didn't read the link, did you, Jack? Possible13 years for insulting a BANK? 13? O Jack, you live in a PLUTOCRACY. Worshippers of the mighty dollar. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy bank in vain. Careful what you write, Jack. Your God and his servants are listening to everything. http://rt.com/usa/california-man-13-prison-banks-237/
Jun 25, 2013 8:45 PM CDT
Gee hard to believe the rest of the world is being uncooperative about grabbing this guy up & holding him for us. Makes me wonder what would happen to Bush or Cheney if they set foot in Europe these days... maybe arrested, handed over to Interpol & taken directly to the Hague?
Jun 25, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
I love my country, but I hate my government. Couldn't be more true these days