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Rep. Rogers: Snowden Seeking Asylum From Oppressive Governments

Sunday, 07 Jul 2013 10:30 AM

By Greg Richter

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Saying national security secrets leaker Edward Snowden is on a "Governments Who Oppress Their People Tour," Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan says the United States should not shrug off the seriousness of the case.

Despite his claims of wanting to point out how the U.S. government has improper information on its own citizens, Snowden has sought out help in the oppressive governments of China and Russia, Rogers said. "Now, he'll do probably Venzuela, maybe Equador."

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia all have offered Snowden asylum.

All of Snowden's talks are with countries antagonistic to United States, Rogers said.

The Chinese and Russians have gotten everything they need out of him, Rogers said, so now Russia, where he is currently trapped in an airport without a valid passport, is poking the U.S. in the eye by allowing the game with Latin American countries to play out.

"This is why we should take [Russian President Vladimir] Putin for a grain of salt in this particular case," Rogers said. "If he were serious he would send Mr. Snowden back to the United States."


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