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Snowden walks free in Russia to US anger

Russia grants former NSA contractor temporary asylum

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  • David Centerville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    Obama has weakened the US internationally so that we command very little respect.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 2, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    The plot thickens. It’s not clear what, if anything, Russia has to gain by this. My guess is that Putin saw it as the safest of all undesirable options for now. It will interesting to see how Obama plays it.

    As for Snowden, this latest episode in the ongoing soap opera of America’s petulant problem child cements his deepening commitment to his personal security in flagrant disregard of the larger issues of America's national security and global international relations. It says a lot on how Snowden is willing to define himself.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 2, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Just how do we measure "international respect"? If we demand cooperation on every issue with every ally, doesn't that run the risk of generating resentment towards us? If Obama has "weakened" us, just how do we know? It's not as though we had no adversaries before he took office. David should consider very carefully the potential cost of trying to reclaim Mr. Snowden from Russia. Sure, we'd like to have him back, but at what cost?