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Brand new developments in the efforts to capture NSA leaker Edwards Snowdon President Obama today finally commenting on the situation essentially saying that he's gonna stay out of it.
Snowden is now hiding out we're told in Moscow where leaders are refusing to extradite him.
Send him back to the US there have been growing calls for the president to jump in and get involved.
But he says he's not gonna go -- any hopes to make that happen take a listen.
I have not called president -- personally or President Putin personally and the reason is because.
I shouldn't have to I've got to start doing Wheeling and dealing and trading.
On a whole host of other issues.
-- simply to get a guy.
So that he can face.
The justice system here in the United States.
Not like I -- wise a fascinating story from our press perspective.
You know it and I'm sure there will be a made for TV movie.
Somewhere down the line.
The president speaking from Africa and his reaction following calls from some lawmakers who say.
It's time to get tough on Russia and Vladimir Putin's.
-- -- is a senior editor for the daily caller so this whole idea that.
It'll be it made for TV movie and sometime down the line is the president seeming a little overly dismissive about this.
Well he certainly was a little glib but -- look whatever you think of Edwards Snowden if you're the president the thought of the united states of what he did is intolerable.
And what you should be doing is trying to make two messages here one to the countries that are allowing him -- go through Scot free whether it's Russia.
Potentially Ecuador -- China.
-- another and another to the future Edwards noted is that potentially are in the United States.
Anyone who would convey a sense that this is a very serious matter.
That we can't have people doing this that we will find you and we will bring you to justice no matter where you are and led to the countries that that we we expect actions or -- be consequences.
With the president's message.
We've got none of that we got this might be a made for TV movie and how hot this is you know may be a serious event but all all not that serious and I'm not going to be very much to get him.
I don't -- got the message you wanna send if you want to -- get this guy back in the United States -- -- -- Vladimir Putin and you're sitting in Russia you're listening these comments from the president while he's.
On this overseas trip.
What's your take on.
Well my take on it would be that you know this is not a very serious -- to the president the United States.
So you know what I'm not that worried if I just you know.
Not do very much to bring them back there on this -- allow him to go through because there's not going to be very much you met many consequences because this is not a top priority for the president.
So I have no incentive to try to help out the United States here.
But what a disconnect -- because here you have the president saying what he's saying.
On one hand and then you have his Justice Department.
Charging him with espionage on the other.
So what is what are Americans to make of all of this in sort of a contradiction between the told the president is using.
And the charges this serious charges that -- is facing when and if he gets back here.
Who is a contradiction and I think there might be some contradiction within the president himself.
He doesn't want to be seen by his base as the guy who's going after this what what a lot of his base he has this whistle blower.
Who did who uncovered something for the American people on something that they they don't think is is -- right -- snooping and whatnot.
On the other hand he is the president of the United States.
You cannot have leaker is giving out American secrets.
And go to China and get away from it.
So maybe yes -- internal contradiction on the role that he wants to play whether he wants a cozy up to his base on this.
Or act like the president United States and get top.
On a guy who just to -- American secrets into the politics of all of this from the right what is the Smart approach for Republicans on this.
I actually think there's an economy within the Republican Party here on one hand you have a lot of civil libertarians.
Who see what happened here as what -- what he divulged eyes very outrageous and and and something.
That I needed to be -- on the other hand you have national security hawks.
Who thinks that if they would think that he he threaten the United States by leaking what he did.
But I think that there's a consensus emerging to some degree.
That no matter what you think of the program -- is no longer this hero that some on the right the civil libertarian right may have thought he was at one point.
Now he's saying that he actually.
The deal the -- Booz Allen Hamilton the organization -- a part of in order to get these secrets to this wasn't a whistle -- operations was an operation.
Deliberate to get these secrets.
And now he's going abroad and divulging secrets that were.
We're we're -- we're getting about Russia and China this is no longer merely a whistle -- situation and I think he -- hit he himself.
Has -- harmed his image with the right and I think other Americans as well Judy Weinstein is -- senior editor with the daily caller Jamie didn't talk to thanks.
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