Indicates 'Significant Vulnerability' at NSA
June 27, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama says the disclosure of the government's
clandestine surveillance programs by a former intelligence contractor
shows there is a "pretty significant vulnerability" at the secretive
National Security Agency.
At a news conference Thursday in Senegal, however, the U.S. leader said
he has no intention of "wheeling, dealing and trading" with foreign
governments to secure the return of Edward Snowden to stand trial on
Snowden fled to Hong Kong and leaked details of two NSA programs that
monitor telephone and Internet communications in the United States.
Later Snowden flew to Russia, where he is living in a transit zone at a
Moscow airport while seeking asylum in Ecuador.
Obama said he had not called either Chinese President Xi Jinping or
Russian President Vladimir Putin to request Snowden's extradition. The
president said he "should not have to" and the extradition request
should be dealt with through "regular legal channels."
is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement
officials in various countries," said the president.
Putin said Russia does not plan to extradite Snowden to the United
If Snowden leaves Russia on a flight to another country, Obama said he
has no intention of trying to force down his aircraft to capture him.
"No, I am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,"