Here’s a question I haven’t seen anyone ask with regard to the current travelings of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bear any responsibility for America’s inability to garner international cooperation in retrieving Snowden under extradition?

Report on this from Reuters:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible.

Putin told a news conference during a visit to Finland that he hoped the affair would not affect relations with Washington, which wants Russia to send him to the United States, but indicated Moscow would not hand him over.

“We can only hand over foreign citizens to countries with which we have an appropriate international agreement on the extradition of criminals,” Putin said, adding that Snowden has committed no crime in Russia.

I’m not laying the blame on Clinton but it does make me wonder about the relationship status of the United States with so-called “friendly” countries like Hong Kong and Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t seemed to have helped much either.

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  1. I think Hillary incidental in this one, other than in four years and having to do what Obama told her to do, State gained zero friends and allies (excluding al Qeada) in the last four years. So i wouldn’t expect any country to co-op with us. I believe Snowden’s notoriety would prevent a disappearance or “accident”. Only Bill ore Hillary have the nads or ovaries.

  2. What does Hillary have to do with this situation, especially Russia? For the slower remembrances, read Putin’s memoirs “First Person”. He said of Bill Clinton ” he is just a sincere person–open and friendly–and that’s very important.” It appears he accepted Hillary as well. However, that does not excuse Hillary Clinton’s comments on Edward Snowden. She was raised as a Republican and a devout Methodist in suburban Chicago, with an unshakable notion of right and wrong and a missionary zeal for imposing it on others. Reports say Snowden has arrived in Ecuador, hopeful of sanctuary. When Ecuador granted Assange asylum, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said ” Ecuador is being loyal to its tradition of protecting those who are vulnerable”.

  3. billymalone I had to look that one up. Something tells me, underneath that wit, you are a deep thinker.

    • The wit gets old fast and I find myself being in the less than 10% for the most part. The GF calls it being weird. She’s quite normal for the most part but broke. I guess that’s normal too.

  4. Directly nothing. However there was no improvement in US and Russia relations during Hillary tenure, either officially or personally.So no co-op should be expected from Russia on this one.Don´t think it´s necessary to go back to Vince Foster to search for caracter.

  5. Seriously, folks. . .

    What “crime” has this guy committed? This stuff has been common knowledge for years. It’s just that no on “on the inside” has admitted it before.

    And, so, it’s ridiculous of us to expect any country to bow to our demands. The media are just hyping this to try to restart the cold war. (Things were so much easier for them then.)

    And our govmint, in its infinite wisdom, farmed out yet another job to an irresponsible company. This one says right in its contract that they will NOT guarantee secrecy. I mean, duh.

    My guess is that Obama agrees that the guy did nothing wrong, so while he’s wringing his hands in public, to satisfy McCain and the boys, he has probably privately assured China and Russia that it’s all for show.

    Snowden will probably sit in a third-party country until the media are distracted by the next squirrel, and then he will be ignored.

  6. Nate: Concurred with whom? About what?

    Anyway, Billy: My guess is that if this guy had anything, he would have spilt it already. He seems to be anxious to be the center of attention.

    However, the big flap may be from the administration thinking he MAY have more to spill. I’d bet good money against it.

    Regarding Julian Assange, I still think that he should seek CITIZENSHIP with Ecuador. THEN, they could make him a DIPLOMAT, and the dude could walk out of the embassy a free man.

    Although I’m a little fuzzy about that. I know diplomats are immume from prosecution for crimes in host countries. But I wonder if Sweden could prosecute him for a crime they claim he committed before he became a diplomat. Anybody know?

    • The guy has something or he wouldn’t be able to hop continents like he did. Not so easy with just a U S Passport believe me. They want visas and medical records why, where, etc. Not like before Bush.

  7. Saw this today:

    Republicans Paint Clinton as Old News for 2016 Presidential Election
    By JONATHAN MARTIN Published: June 29, 2013

    WASHINGTON — Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, declared to an audience of reporters at a breakfast last month that electing Hillary Rodham Clinton would be like going back in time. “She’s been around since the ’70s,” he said.

    At a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, ridiculed the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” referring to Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is 70.

    ===========================
    I wonder if this is a temporary ploy, or if this is a sign that the GOP has decided to cut loose one of the loudmouth kids in 2016. They know that the youth vote made a difference last year, so they are thinking they could tap into it by nominating a kid. But, of course, it didn’t help to nominate a kid for VEEP, but the GOP establishment is too shallow to think of that.

    Hillary will be 69 before the 216 election–the exact age of Ronald Reagan when he was elected. But it would be a major mistake to hit her on age. It could be countered with the Reagan reference, but more importantly, they would risk antagonizing older citizens–who vote at a higher rate than anybody.

    It appears to me that the GOP is just trying to throw anything at the wall, hoping something will stick.

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