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    Snowden Remains Out of Sight at Moscow Airport

    People walk inside the Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, June 26, 2013.
    People walk inside the Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, June 26, 2013.
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    Former American intelligence contractor Edward Snowden spent a fourth day out of public sight at a Moscow airport Wednesday, as U.S. officials continued to pressure Russia to extradite him.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday confirmed that Snowden is in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport, but said he had no intention of handing him over to Washington.

    Speaking during a visit to Finland, Putin dismissed allegations Russia is breaking the law in the case as "nonsense and rubbish.'' He said Russia does not have an extradition agreement with the United States.

    Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
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    Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
    Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
    Snowden is wanted by the United States for revealing a pair of top secret U.S. surveillance programs and other confidential intelligence, but Putin says he has not broken any laws in Russia. He said Snowden is a free man and the sooner he chooses a final destination the better.

    He also said Snowden has never worked with Russian security agencies. Putin said he hopes the affair will not affect relations with Washington.

    Earlier Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is not looking for a confrontation and called for "calm and reasonableness" in the Snowden situation.

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    Snowden flew Sunday to Moscow from Hong Kong, where he had been in hiding. His travel plans are unknown after he failed to show up for a flight he was expected to take from Moscow to Havana, reportedly on his way to seek asylum in Ecuador.

    Ecuador's foreign minister says Snowden has asked for asylum in his country and his government has been in contact with Moscow.

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    by: Humbaba from: USA
    June 26, 2013 9:21 AM
    Go to YouTube and type in StormCloudsGathering and go to "The Snowden Case What You're Not Being Told" for a more rational understanding of what all the media frenzy is about around this case.

    by: william payne from: albuquerque
    June 26, 2013 8:11 AM
    Snowden may be part of legion against NSA? Google 'new mexico 97 cv 266' for details. Russia asked, 'Tell us. What happened to the Iranians?'

    by: Humbaba from: USA
    June 26, 2013 8:08 AM
    The Snowden case is really a distraction from the main news which is the coming buildup and all out blitz for Syria and Iran. In fact, the U.S. has been waging a proxy war with Russia for the last two years with their Saudi monarch friends in case you weren't paying attention. None of what Snowden's disclosed is any real news. Their have been a multitude of stories throughout the last several years that have reported on far reaching corporate and federal wiretapping and surveillance.

    Remember, while the media is occupying your attention on one hand, the other hand is performing the trick that is supposed to elude your attention, the illusion that is meant to defy your sense of reasoning and rationale. The Syria buildup is already spilling over to Lebanon and threatening civil war now. Turkey is being destabilized and many countries are now involved in running weapons throughout the region with millions of dollars in aid from the U.S. and NATO. You won't get any truthful analysis from mainstream media outlets

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