Russian President Putin will not extradite Snowden to US

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2013. The man who told the world about the U.S. government's gigantic data grab also talked a lot about himself. Mostly through his own words, a picture of Edward Snowden is emerging: fresh-faced computer whiz, high school and Army dropout, independent thinker, trustee of official secrets. And leaker on the lam. (AP Photo/The Guardian)
June 25, 2013 12:23:31 PM PDT
There are new details on the whereabouts of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Snowden is in Moscow. He in a transit area of the Moscow airport and since Russia is considered a stop and not a destination, he doesn't need a visa. But the Obama Administration wants him sent back.

"Russia would not see its interests in siding with a person who is accused of breaking the law in another nation. And who is a fugitive from justice according to international standards of law," SAID Secretary of State John Kerry.

Snowden left Hong Kong over the weekend after being told by a Chinese intermediary that it was time to go. He did not board a flight to Havana, Cuba as rumored. But, there is still speculation that he will end up in Ecuador.

"I feel like every country it going hot potato, hot potato, he's not ours," said Snowden's attorney Emily Baldwin.

The United States has charged Snowden with theft and espionage. His passport has been revoked and he's thought to be traveling with laptops full of classified information. U.S. officials fear that the Chinese might have stolen some of the secrets and Russia could do the same.

"They might like to have him go to sleep while they get to play with his computers that he's brought along with him. Maybe they'd like to make him an offer. Maybe they would like to have a conversation," said ABC News Security Consultant Richard Clark.

Privately Russian intelligence may be trying to get a look at Snowden's computer. But, publically Putin say the sooner Snowden picks a final destination and leaves the country, the better it will be for him and for Russia.


Load Comments