Obama Not 'Scrambling Jets' to Get Snowden
As old chat logs reveal his previous contempt for leaks
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2013 6:52 AM CDT
Updated Jun 27, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
A banner supporting Edward Snowden is displayed in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

(Newser) – President Obama struck a dismissive tone about NSA leaker Edward Snowden today, saying that he hasn't spoken to the leaders of Russia or China personally and "won't be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker," reports NBC News. (Proof of dismissiveness: He missed the fact that Snowden had a birthday last week and is now 30.) Snowden, meanwhile, remains a hard man to find: A Russian passenger jet took off for Havana today, but Snowden was nowhere to be seen, says Reuters, whose reporter had booked a ticket. That would mean he's apparently still in limbo at the Moscow airport, where he arrived on Sunday from Hong Kong. The New York Times suggests he could be there for weeks. One key factor is Ecuador's pending decision on whether to grant him asylum.

The confusion over Snowden's next move comes as Ars Technica unearthed a series of chat logs from 2009 in which he expressed contempt for anyone who leaked classified information. In the quote getting the most play, he wrote (under the handle TheTrueHOOHA) that the anonymous sources who fed the New York Times information for a story about Iran "should be shot in the balls." As for the newspaper, “They’re reporting classified s---” Snowden wrote. “You don’t put that s--- in the NEWSPAPER.” There's lot more of that vein in the full story. Also, the US is scoffing at Hong Kong's excuse that a mixup over Snowden's middle name led to his ability to leave the country, reports Politico.

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Jun 28, 2013 10:12 PM CDT
screw jets. obama is scrambling the world!!!!!!! fubo! fubar!
Jun 28, 2013 6:08 AM CDT
The U S ministry of Propaganda is having a hard time on this one.....Public likes Snowden.....Public ashamed of its government. Yet there is still no investigation of NSA or of Congress which has violated its oath to uphold and defend the constitution
Jun 28, 2013 4:37 AM CDT
Of course he isn't...not while most Americans agree he did the right thing. Contrary to what you get on Newser, not everyone is an idiot liberal that buys into EVERYTHING the democrats tell them. If this guy turns up dead, that's just more exposure for this criminal administration.