Russia Grants Snowden Asylum

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) -- National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has thanked Russia for giving him asylum and criticized the Obama administration as showing "no respect" for the law.
He says in a statement released by the WikiLeaks secret-spilling organization that "in the end the law is winning."
He says, "I thank the Russian Federation for granting me asylum in accordance with its laws and international obligations."
His lawyer said Thursday that Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum.
The White House says it's extremely disappointed in Russia's decision to grant asylum to Snowden.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Snowden isn't a whistleblower or a dissident. He says it's not a positive development for U.S.-Russia relations and says the move undermines Russia's record of law enforcement cooperation with the U.S.
Carney says the White House is re-evaluating whether a planned fall summit with President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin should still occur.


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