When President Obama was in Africa a few weeks ago, he made a statement at a press conference about the ongoing manhunt for Edward Snowden. Obama explained that he has not personally called Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping about Snowden because “I shouldn’t have to.”
Well, guess what?
The White House confirmed that Obama ended up calling Putin about Snowden early Friday, wherein they also apparently discussed “a range of security and bilateral issues,” “cooperation on counter-terrorism in the lead-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics,” and, presumably, what the hell really happened to that damn Super Bowl ring.
White House press secretary Jay Carney announced the call during Friday’s press briefing, telling the reporters in attendance, “that is a call that has been on the books for several days.”
Carney also uses language similar to the president’s in Africa last month. Obama then:
“This is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries and this is not exceptional from a legal perspective.”
Carney today, according to CBS News:
“We have a history of effective law enforcement cooperation with Russia… Through those channels and through the normal procedures, we believe Mr. Snowden ought to be expelled from Russia.”
It’s pretty much a given at this point that the United States is unhappy at Russia’s actions and this could potentially impact relations between the two nations, but either Obama didn’t mean what he said about not needing to talk to the Russian leader or Putin has managed to pull off something only a select few have accomplished: pissing Obama off.
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