Asylum for Snowden Pushes Obama to Cancel Meeting with Putin

Posted: August 7, 2013 in National Politics, Surveillance, The President
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CBS DC

LOS ANGELES (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama will not travel to Moscow as planned to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Obama said Tuesday that he was “disappointed” that Russia granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, defying Obama administration demands that the former government contractor be sent back to the U.S. to face espionage charges.

Obama, in his first comments about Snowden since Russia’s decision last week, said the move reflected the “underlying challenges” he faces in dealing with Moscow.

“There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality,” Obama said during an interview with NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

Snowden, an ex-NSA systems analyst, is accused of leaking details about highly-secretive government surveillance programs. He spent several weeks in the transit zone of a Moscow airport before being granted asylum for a year.

Russia’s decision pushed the White…

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