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  •  Why the President isn't involved (5+ / 0-)
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    Dumbo, AlexThorne, AnnetteK, Gary Norton, elmo
    [President] Obama risks his and national prestige by directly calling for a country to release Snowden to the United States and to have those demands fall on deaf ears.

    "It's dangerous for the president to become overexposed," said Anthony Cordesman, chairman of strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.[...]

    Cordesman said there's not much to gain and lots to lose by making a high-profile push to get Snowden back in the United States to face charges.

    "We have forced him effectively into exile -- there's not much to be gained from pushing this issue, particularly if you cannot be certain of success," he said. "The harder you press, the more you publicize this issue, the more you have effectively put America's prestige at stake."

    For now, Snowden is stuck in a Russian airport with a revoked passport. Ecuador has said that they cannot process any request from him until he flies to Ecuador or one of their embassies in another country.

    Right now he can't move around too much, unless he can find a country willing to waive their laws in order to accept a fugitive with a revoked passport facing felony charges at home.

    Snowden mistakenly believes that enemies of the U.S. are his friend.

    He thinks he can use other countries as protection indefinitely. And yet that didn't work in Hong Kong, as his hosts there were eager for him to leave after they got the headlines they wanted about being more democratic than the United States and now Russia is saying he is free to travel anywhere he wants to and the sooner he leaves the better.

    Being stuck in a Russian airport, he has very few options left as he is running out of countries he can go to and the President doesn't need to personally get involved as this is a legal matter that should be handled through normal channels in the State department.

    The President just has to out wait while Snowden's options and resources run out.

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 07:03:50 AM PDT

    •  He will SURRENDER (1+ / 0-)
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      That is my two cents. His American lawyer will soon be negotiating terms of surrender with the DOJ, because after all is said and done, he will see that coming back and facing the music might just be his best option.

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