uncle sam bares his rotten teeth

Lawmakers: Asylum for Snowden is an affront to US
Dana Davidsen, CNN, Jul 7 2013

Any country that offers asylum to Edward Snowden pits itself against the US, lawmakers from both parties agreed on Sunday. Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have extended asylum to Snowden. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on NBC’s Meet the Press:

It’s very clear that any of these countries that accept Snowden and offer him political asylum is taking a step against the US. It’s making a very clear statement. I’m not surprised by the countries that are offering him asylum. They like sticking it to the US. Clearly any such acceptance of Snowden to any country, any of these three or any other, is going to put them directly against the US, and they need to know that.

Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN’s State of the Union:

We shouldn’t just allow this to happen and shrug it off. This is serious business. Those Latin American companies enjoy certain trade benefits with the US. We ought to look at all of that to send a very clear message that we won’t put up with this kind of behavior. The countries willing to accept Snowden are using him as a public relations tool.

John McCain said on CBS’ Face the Nation:

President Putin’s unwillingness to turn over Snowden indicates his dim view of the US. It’s clear what he is. He’s an old KGB colonel, and he’s not interested in better relations with the US. If he was, he would make sure that Mr Snowden was sent back to us. We’ve got to have a much more realistic approach to Russia and Putin in order to comport with the realities of their relations with us.

Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico and ambassador to the UN, said on CNN’s Newsroom:

What I don’t understand: I was at the Venezuelan elections, and they want to improve the new, post-Chavez government, the relationship with the US, and they said that to me. I was an election observer. They have said that to the administration and now they say they are ready to take Snowden. I hope Venezuela reverses itself. With Bolivia and Nicaragua, it’s less so, but I think the US has to pursue our interests and what Snowden did was unacceptable. You can’t just decide you unilaterally to leak things. It’s not loyalty to the US.

Snowden has revealed himself as the source of documents outlining a massive effort by the US NSA to track cell phone calls and monitor the e-mail and Internet traffic of almost all USAians.

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