August 2nd, 2013
11:46 AM ET

Washington Slams Moscow Over Snowden Asylum

The Obama administration in under great pressure to get tough with President Putin now that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia.

Many in Washington consider the asylum decision a slap in the face that has set back relations with Moscow.

The White House is so upset that President Obama might back out of a planned meeting next month with Russia's president.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

“This move by the Russian government undermines a longstanding support of law enforcement cooperation.”

CNN’s Dan Lothian says, “U.S. lawmakers, frustrated by Snowden’s cat-and-mouse game and now Russia’s temporary embrace, are pushing for a tough response.”

Senator Lindsay Graham is hoping President Obama cancels his meeting with Russia’s leader when he travels to Moscow in September for a face-to-face meeting with President Putin and then to St. Petersburg for the G-20 Summit.

Lothian reports, “The White House says the U.S. will continue to be in communication with Russian officials expressing extreme disappointment and making the case that there is a legal justification for Snowden to be returned to the U.S.”

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