World Turns Down US Extradition Deman...

World Turns Down US Extradition Demands!!

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US LOSES FACE

New York, NY

#1 Jun 26, 2013
The U.S. Wants Snowden. Why Won't The World Cooperate?
by GREG MYRE
June 26, 201312:45 PM
Journalists show passengers arriving at Russia's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday an image of Edward Snowden.
Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
China appeared perfectly happy to let Edward Snowden slip away despite a U.S. request for his arrest. Russia appears to enjoy thumbing its nose at Washington as Snowden cools his heels at a Moscow airport. Ecuador is toying with the notion of granting him asylum.
Why is it proving so difficult for a superpower to get a bit of international cooperation over Snowden? He has acknowledged leaking details of U.S. government surveillance programs, and has been charged with espionage and other offenses.
President Obama recently met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in hopes of setting a positive tone for what is widely regarded as the single most important international relationship.
And the Obama administration has often touted its "reset" with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, though there's been plenty of ongoing friction.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, columnist Bret Stephens sees the Snowden episode as part of a broader decline in American influence.
"However the Snowden episode turns out ... what it mainly illustrates is that we are living in an age of American impotence," Stephens writes. "The Obama administration has decided it wants out from nettlesome foreign entanglements, and now finds itself surprised that it's running out of foreign influence."
While Snowden plots his next move, here's a look at how Russia, China and Ecuador are handling the case.
Russia: As NPR's Michele Kelemen noted on Morning Edition, "it's really PR heaven for Putin. The U.S. often accuses Russia, as it does China, of cybercrimes ... so this really offers Russia a chance to point out what it sees as American double standards."
The U.S. government has argued that Snowden pulled back the curtain on American surveillance programs that were designed to prevent terrorist attacks, and that it's not valid to draw comparisons to cyberhacking efforts by other governments.
But that argument has not played well in Moscow, Beijing or elsewhere.

The U.S. and Russia are at odds over much larger and more difficult issues, such as the civil war in Syria and Iran's nuclear program.
China: The U.S. was upset that Hong Kong did not detain Snowden while he was there, and says there will be "consequences" for China, though the U.S. has not spelled them out.
Snowden's exit from Hong Kong suggested the Chinese leadership preferred for the case to be someone else's problem. But it didn't keep the Chinese media from reveling in the publicity coup of an American accusing his government of spying on China.
China's People's Daily praised Snowden for "tearing off Washington's sanctimonious mask."
There's also the question of whether Snowden might have passed intelligence information to the Chinese and the Russians. As Michele noted, he's believed to be traveling with thumb drives and laptops full of U.S. government secrets.
Ecuador's London Embassy took in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a year ago, and he remains holed up there, offering moral support and legal advice to Snowden.
Ecuador took two months before granting asylum to Assange, and the country's foreign minister said Wednesday it could also be months before any decision is made on Snowden.
Taking in Snowden would likely have consequences for Ecuador.
The country's trade preferences with the U.S. are coming up for renewal this summer. If Snowden is granted asylum, this would surely anger the U.S. Congress, which must renew those preferences.
Ecuador is a member of OPEC, and its oil exports give it some economic protection. Still, increased U.S. economic and diplomatic pressure could make life difficult for such a small nation.
Meanwhile, Snowden remained at Moscow's main airport on Wednesday, with no sign that his departure — or his extradition — was imminent.
THE WORLD IS WATCHING

New York, NY

#2 Jun 26, 2013
Uncle Sam falls flat on his face!
2 Cents

Taipei, Taiwan

#3 Jun 27, 2013
Maybe Snowden's "escape" from Hong Kong was orchestrated by both China and the U.S. How else could we get his middle name wrong in our extradition request in such a high profile case? This allowed both governments to avoid the damage of a long drawn out extradition fight without either appearing to kowtow to the other. Of course, we will scream bloody murder but that's just part of the act.
US LOSES FACE

New York, NY

#4 Jun 28, 2013
THE WORLD IS WATCHING wrote:
Uncle Sam falls flat on his face!
The world is watching.
Indian

San Francisco, CA

#5 Jun 28, 2013
He was a traitor to his country and should be extradited.
AAA

UK

#6 Jun 28, 2013
Indian wrote:
He was a traitor to his country and should be extradited.
He is an righteous young man who can no longer tolerate the lies US is telling, or indeed its government towards its people.

I am sure he won't make the journey to India, you guys will just happily fly him to America and collect the reward, which uncle Sam will give you pat and say good boy, here is your bone.
MrProps

Montréal, Canada

#7 Jun 28, 2013
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>
He is an righteous young man who can no longer tolerate the lies US is telling, or indeed its government towards its people.
I am sure he won't make the journey to India, you guys will just happily fly him to America and collect the reward, which uncle Sam will give you pat and say good boy, here is your bone.
Maybe Snowden just wants to be a celebrity of some sort, or a hero in many countries. If he is a rightous man he would not have joined the US special force and wanted to fight in Iraq. The Americans know that their government listens to their phones and monitors their email (see the Patriot act).
Unlike Pakistan, India is not an ally of the USA even though an Indian and a Pakistani have the same look physically. India is a non-aligned country.
AAAn

UK

#8 Jun 28, 2013
MrProps wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe Snowden just wants to be a celebrity of some sort, or a hero in many countries. If he is a rightous man he would not have joined the US special force and wanted to fight in Iraq. The Americans know that their government listens to their phones and monitors their email (see the Patriot act).
Unlike Pakistan, India is not an ally of the USA even though an Indian and a Pakistani have the same look physically. India is a non-aligned country.
No, Iraq war is illegal in the eyes of the international community. It was a war based on fabricated evidence by George, Dick and Tony. Most countries were too weak to oppose, because Bush famously said those who are not with me are against me.

Then you have Guantanamo with abuse of human right written all over. Also the use of white phosphorus by USA in Iraq which cause deformed children in Fallujah.
LOL

New York, NY

#9 Jun 28, 2013
Meanwhile, the blind 'dissident' got kicked out of NY!

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/06/13/chinese...
atilla the Han

East Maitland, Australia

#10 Jun 28, 2013
ha ha ha !!!! even the "mighty" usa couldnt get what it want.

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