Ambassador to the USA Sergei Kislyak said that Edward Snowden’s extradition to the USA is impossible on “legal and moral” grounds. Speaking in the wake of the WikiLeaks ‘Podesta emails’ revelations, he also denied Russian interference in US internal affairs:
When Mr Snowden got stuck at a Russian airport, we didn’t have any legal or moral reasons to give him to the government of the United States, for the very simple reason that we don’t have an agreement for mutual extradition, because the USA refused to have one with us.
On Tuesday, Kislyak was at Johns Hopkins University to talk about “what Russia is and what it’s not”… he also acknowledged the “very unfortunate” relations between Moscow and Washington. Snowden’s asylum in Russia, where he arrived in 2013 after leaking documents related to the NSA’s foreign and domestic surveillance operations, hit Russian-American relations, signalling a major setback. Followed by the conflict in the Ukraine and the continuing disagreement over Syria, bilateral ties reached new lows. Most recently, during the US election campaign, voices in Washington blamed Russia for hacking attacks on its computer systems. On Friday, the Obama administration officially accused Russia of directing the hacks of emails and documents and their posting on WikiLeaks and DCLeaks. On Sunday, Hillary Clinton blamed Moscow for trying to interfere in the US election process. In his opening remarks, Kislyak said:
I’d also like to say that we are watching very carefully the election campaign in this country. Yes, we do and no, I’m not going to comment on this, because we don’t interfere into internal affairs of the United States, neither by my statement nor by electronic and other means.
Referring to hacking accusations, he said:
It’s not correct. We’ve seen a number of statements by our colleagues in American intelligence on a number of issues that weren’t exactly proved by the history. I won’t speculate further.
White House spokesman John Earnest told reporters that regardless of Russia’s denial and lack of factual evidence, the Obama Administration is weighing a “proportional response”. He added that whatever Barack Obama decides on, they wouldn’t announce it in advance and might never disclose it. Earnest said:
It’s certainly possible that the president can choose response options that we never announce.
12 October 2016
The arrogance and vacuity of the Duopoly now regnant in Washington is apparent to all comers. “Whatever Barack Obama decides on, they wouldn’t announce it in advance and might never disclose it”. Well… dog my cat, as the great philosopher Jed Clampett said. Everyone has to kiss America’s ass, eat its shit, and like it. There was a short window in the nineties when that was true… it isn’t true today. Clinton, Johnson, and Trump are all sleepwalking in the 90s Bizarro World… only Jill Stein isn’t.
Vote for the only sane candidate. The other three are puppets of the oligarchs… furthermore, they’re stuck in a timewarp… America the Great… America the Great… they believe their own mantra. God have mercy on us all.