Jay Carney: Russia of
Giving Snowden 'Propaganda Platform'
July 13, 2013
United States has criticized Russia for allowing former intelligence
contractor Edward Snowden meet with human rights activists while holed
up in a Moscow airport, where he has been in limbo for nearly three
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that Russia is giving
Snowden a "propaganda platform," which he said runs counter to Russia's
declaration of neutrality in the matter.
Snowden, who is accused of leaking U.S. intelligence secrets, is seeking
temporary asylum in Russia until he can travel to Latin America, where
three countries have offered him asylum. The United States wants to put
Snowden on trial for leaking details of clandestine National Security
Agency surveillance programs.
met Friday with human rights activists and Russian lawyers at Moscow's
Sheremetyevo airport. Later, the secret-disclosing group WikiLeaks
posted a statement from Snowden saying he wanted to stay in Russia until
he could safely go to Latin America.
Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela have offered have offered Snowden
asylum. But he has not been able to go anywhere because American
officials revoked his passport.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin
by telephone Friday on the Snowden case and other matters. No details of
their talks have been released.
Russia has said Snowden should not harm the interests of the United
States if he wants refuge in Russia.