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June 27, 2013

Obama says he will not personally speak to China, Russia about fugitive leaker

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has not spoken to his Russian and Chinese counterparts
about leaker Edward Snowden, who remains as a fugitive, because he does not want to damage larger relationships with the nations.

"I have not called President Xi personally or President Putin personally," Obama said at a news conference with Senegal President Macky Sall Thursday. "I shouldn't have to. This is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries. And this is not exceptional from a legal perspective." 

Obama said he does not want to engage in "wheeling and dealing" with his sometimes rivals in China and Russia and would not have the U.S. military return him.

“I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” he said.

Obama said his administration is trying to return Snowden to the United States through the regular and appropriate legal mechanisms. But he said he is more concerned about trying to prevent more classified information from being leaked.

“I get why it’s a fascinating story from a press perspective. I’m sure there will be a made-for-TV movie,” Obama said. 

Snowden, 30, after the former CIA employee and National Security Administration contractor revealed himself to be the leaker of classified documents about surveillance programs. The U.S. government has charged him with various crimes under the espionage act. He remains in Russia.

Obama told reporters that he was “making sure that we are doing everything we can” to prevent future unauthorized disclosure of classified materials.

“We don’t know what Mr. Snowden’s motives were,” he said. “But it does show some pretty significant vulnerabilities over at the NSA that we have to solve.”


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Alan MacDonald

Yes, Faux-Emperor/president Obama is the smoothest thing going --- much more guileful than Bush would have been in not going all macho, and blowing the cover of the SGE (Secret Global Empire) he fronts for.

As I often say, When it comes to making most people think they live in a functional democracy, rather than a disguised Empire, "Nobody Does it Better" than Secret Agent 008. Listen to the lyrics; "Makes us feel sad for the rest", "We weren't looking but somehow he found us", etc.


While Snowden is exposing the Empire, Obama is using calming deceit to keep the Empire out of peoples' mind and sight --- and like the soft-spoken cop says, "Move-on folks, nothing 'exceptional' to see here".

Snowden, Manning, and Assange, like all whistle-blowers before them (back to Christ 'calling-out' the Roman Empire) are EXPOSING EMPIRE!

Snowden is 'EXPOSING EMPIRE' even if he did not precisely say that.
Like MLK at Riverside Church in '67, Ellsberg in '71, Wilson in '03, Assange in '08, and Manning, Binney, Hammond, and now himself in '13, Snowden IS EXPOSING EMPIRE.

Best luck and love to the fast expanding 'Occupy the Empire' educational and non-violent revolutionary movement against this deceitful and disguised Secret Global EMPIRE, which can't so easily be
identified as wearing Red Coats, Red Stars, nor funny looking Nazi helmets ---- quite yet!

Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

We don't merely have a gun/fear problem, or an MIC problem, or an 'Austerity' problem, or an expanding wars problem, or a 'drone assassinations' problem, or a vast income & wealth inequality
problem, or a Wall Street 'looting' problem, or a Global Warming and environmental death-spiral problem, or a domestic tyranny NSA, NDAA, and FISA spying problem, or, or, or, or .... ad nauseam --- we have a hidden EMPIRE cancerous tumor which is the prime CAUSE of all these 'symptom problems'.

"If your country is treating you like shit, and bombing abroad, look carefully --- because it may not be your country, but a Secret Global Empire only posing as your former country."

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