by Burke Speaker | August 2, 2013 11:39 am
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left legal limbo — and an airport — after Russia granted him temporary asylum, rebuffing even pleas from President Obama to hand him over while angering U.S. officials.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that U.S. officials were “extremely disappointed” that the country has allowed him to remain there for at least one year. He also pointed out that the upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin may be put on hold because of the move.
As the BBC reports, Russia’s actions are likely to further strain U.S.-Russian relations.
Snowden leaked classified intelligence documents that showed the NSA was collecting the online and phone information for millions of Americans. The news has caused limited backlash against the National Security Agency and the Obama administration, however, with bipartisan support for protecting the country against another terrorist attack.
As for Snowden, he may now live and even work (if he so wishes) in Russia. The New York Times reports that Pavel Durov — founder of the Russian social network VKontakte — has already offered a job to Snowden protecting users’ personal data.
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