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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:11 PM

 

US Senator Aims to Force Russia’s Hand on Snowden

Source: RIA Novosti

WASHINGTON, June 27 (RIA Novosti) – A senior US lawmaker has said he is preparing a package of measures to pressure Russia to assist the United States in securing the detention of former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who is reportedly holed up in the transit zone of a Moscow airport after arriving from Hong Kong earlier this week, The Daily Beast reported Thursday.

“We are exploring what are the leverage points. I’m trying to put together a package to let the Russians know how serious we are,” US Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told the US news website in an interview published Thursday. “We have to respond, this is a defining moment in the relationship.”

Graham declined to elaborate on what measures he and fellow US lawmakers might pursue, though he accused Russia of ignoring the rule of law both domestically and abroad, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “trying to recreate the old Soviet Union attitude and image,” The Daily Beast reported.

Several members of the US Congress this week have voiced outrage over Russian authorities’ refusal to act while Snowden reportedly remains in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, out of reach of US authorities who want him expelled and returned to the United States to face charges of leaking state secrets.

Read more: http://en.ria.ru/world/20130627/181916328/US-Senator-Aims-to-Force-Russias-Hand-on-Snowden.html

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Reply US Senator Aims to Force Russia’s Hand on Snowden (Original post)
Purveyor Jun 2013 OP
tularetom Jun 2013 #1
BadtotheboneBob Jun 2013 #2
madrchsod Jun 2013 #8
timdog44 Jun 2013 #3
dusty trails Jun 2013 #14
timdog44 Jun 2013 #18
GeorgeGist Jun 2013 #4
Ford_Prefect Jun 2013 #5
frylock Jun 2013 #6
madrchsod Jun 2013 #7
atreides1 Jun 2013 #9
randome Jun 2013 #24
Comrade Grumpy Jun 2013 #10
Major Hogwash Jun 2013 #11
treestar Jun 2013 #16
cosmicone Jun 2013 #12
former9thward Jun 2013 #13
treestar Jun 2013 #15
Jack Rabbit Jun 2013 #17
Ter Jun 2013 #19
David__77 Jun 2013 #20
bemildred Jun 2013 #21
Ash_F Jun 2013 #22
DCBob Jun 2013 #23

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:18 PM

1. Well, THAT should certainly scare the shit out of Pooty Poot

He's never had to deal with a tough guy like Lindsey Graham before.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:20 PM

2. I have no idea how this will play out...

... but, it's going to be interesting. Particularly now that Ecuador seems to be hesitating a bit. Any predictions?

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Response to BadtotheboneBob (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:51 PM

8. snowden will be back in the usa...

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:31 PM

3. Lindsey Graham just like a computer.

Stupid in - stupid out.

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Response to timdog44 (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:21 PM

14. But ....

he's so butch. LOL

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Response to dusty trails (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:28 PM

18. Ah, yes.

Lindsey "Butch" Graham

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:56 PM

4. Obama jabs Russia, China on failure to extradite Snowden

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:01 PM

5. to paraphrase: Oh! The Inanity!

Graham could not speak the truth let alone find it in the full light of day.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:31 PM

6. oh yeah, this is a real game changer

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:50 PM

7. Putin is a thug and he`ll grow tired playing with snowden and obama.


i wonder if snowden ever thought he'd have nowhere to go but back home.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:09 PM

9. Putin may be a thug, but he's a thug that knows how to play the game!

Russia is under no obligation to extradite Snowden, because there is no treaty between Russia and the US.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:16 PM

24. Here, Eddie, let's play a game.

 

But after a while, I'm sure even Putin gets tired.



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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:37 PM

10. WAAAAHHHHH!!!! The big mean Russians are making the little warmonger feel sad.

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:05 PM

11. I would agree to the swap if I were President Obama.

I don't know what the Russians would do with Lindsey Graham, but it would be worth it.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:25 PM

16. LOL

Russia can use more hot air - it's cold in Siberia.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:16 PM

12. We need Russia more than they need us...

 

Without Russia, Syria and Iran are as good as lost. EU won't back action in either place unless Russia is on board.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:25 PM

13. Graham has not been able to goad us into a war with Syria (yet).

So now he would like to start one with Russia.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:24 PM

15. What a maroon

Congress can pass laws all day and Obama can sign them, but the Russians don't have to obey.

Do we give them some type of aid that we could hold back? That's about it for leverage.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:21 PM

17. Snowden should return to "face charges of leaking state secrets"

This is getting confusing. I didn't know Snowden came from the Soviet Union. In fact, I thought the Soviet Union collapsed over twenty years ago.

I grew up in a country that was proud of not being like the Soviet Union, and cheap, right wing politicians like Lindsey Graham would never let any one ever forget it. Of course, I always knew that there was something phoney about cheap, right wing politicians like Graham and how they really wanted to be just like the Soviet Union. The problem now is that every politician in Washington is a cheap, right wing politician, even many who claim to be liberal Democrats.

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A drunken man was running through Red Square late one night in the seventies shouting "Brezhnev is an idiot, Brezhnev is an idiot!" He was arrested by the police, taken to court where he was quickly tried, convicted and sentenced. He was given twenty years: six months for drunk and disorderly behavior and the balance for disseminating state secrets.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:54 PM

19. I hope a Tea Bagger clobbers him in 2014

 

With this position (and all his other neo-con stances), there's no way he will win the primary.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:47 PM

20. Graham must be in a bad mood about the DOMA ruling.

Any time there is focus on gay people in the news, he probably breaks into a cold sweat.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 07:22 AM

21. Bluster. nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:02 AM

22. Many on DU stand with Lindsey Graham

Time to rethink.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:04 AM

23. This is not going to work... dumb.

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