Obama Downplays Significance of Edward Snowden
President Obama addressed Edward Snowden at a news conference in Senegal today. Shorter version: He's a 29 year old garden variety hacker.
“This is something that routinely is dealt with....“This is not exceptional from a legal perspective. I’m not going to have one case suddenly being elevated to the point where I have to do wheeling and dealing and trading.”
He rejected the suggestion that he might order the military to intercept any plane that might be carrying Mr. Snowden. “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” Mr. Obama said.
It was thought Snowden might fly to Cuba today. Reports from Ecuador as to whether he will be welcome there are conflicting, but Ecuador today renounced its trade pact with the U.S. saying it would not be blackmailed.
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