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Administration Speaks Out on Russia's Refusal to Extradite Snowden

Administration Speaks Out on Russia's Refusal to Extradite Snowden

The Obama administration responded today to Russian President Vladimir Putin's refusal to extradite Edward Snowden by again asking for the expulsion of the National Security Agency leaker "without delay."


NSA spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: "We agree with President Putin that we do not want this issue to negatively impact our bilateral relations. While we do not have an extradition treaty with Russia, there is nonetheless a clear legal basis to expel Mr. Snowden, based on the status of his travel documents and the pending charges against him."

Secretary of State John Kerry also said the United States is not looking for a confrontation with Russia. Speaking at a news conference in Saudi Arabia, Kerry said it's true that the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, but he called on Moscow to comply with common law practices between countries where fugitives are concerned. Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, earlier today bluntly rejected U.S. demands for Snowden.

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