This was a bit surprising.. giving him a full year straight up like that… week after week and back and forth would’ve been more “diplomatic”… this is hard to see not as a hard slap at Obama… maybe for internal russian politics.. maybe just to see what happens..
And Putin probably enjoys the whole thing…
The White House is “extremely disappointed” with the Kremlin for granting temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old Defense contractor who leaked details of top-secret National Security Agency surveillance programs.
“We see this as an unfortunate development, and we are extremely disappointed by it,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. The Kremlin acted “despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and private,” he added.