Russian President Vladimir Putin says Edward Snowden is free to go. I would describe Putin’s mood as gleeful. Since Snowden is at the Moscow airport and hasn’t gone through passport control, Putin doesn’t feel that he’s entered Russian territory, but is “in transit.” Anybody think the Moscow airport isn’t Russian territory?
The U. S. and Russia don’t have an extradition treaty.
Supposedly, negotiations are continuing. I assume the U. S. knows that Putin likes sports jewelry, preferably championship rings he “can kill someone with.”
NSA leaker Edward Snowden, having been charged with espionage by the U. S., has left Hong Kong for Moscow with the help of WikiLeaks. Moscow apparently is a stopover on the way to his next destination. Some reports say he is going to Ecuador, others say Venezuela via Cuba, while Iceland is also still in the mix.
He faces 30 years in prison (and perhaps more, if counts are added to the existing indictment) if he is extradicted back to the U. S. He does not face the death penalty.
Perhaps we could offer Putin championship rings from the NBA, NHL, and MLB in exchange for Snowden.