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July 24, 2013

White House talking to Russia on Snowden whereabouts

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the U.S. is "seeking clarity" from the Russian government about NSA leaker Edward Snowden's status amid reports that he's got permission papers to leave the transit area of a Russian airport where he's been holed up for weeks.

Traveling to Illinois aboard Air Force One, Carney said the White House has seen the reports and is talking to the government for information about Snowden's "status and any change in it."

He said the White House position on Snowden remains as it has been, saying he's "neither a human rights activist nor a dissident" and should be returned to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

He also reiterated that Obama plans to attend the G-20 meeting in Russia in September, but wouldn't say whether a planned stop to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin is on or off.

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