Given that over the past decade the US has refused to hand over to Russia about 20 people they have wanted for alleged crimes, I was wondering how long it would be before the Russians were pushed over the edge by being sanctimoniously told that they had an obligation to hand Edward Snowden to the US. It looks like that moment has arrived.
“Law agencies asked the US on many occasions to extradite wanted criminals through Interpol channels, but those requests were neither met nor even responded to,” spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry Andrey Pilipchuk said on Monday.
Snowden seems to have a lot of support in Russia.
Snowden won sympathies from activists worldwide, as many people see him as a hero, who sacrificed his career and possibly freedom to expose questionable secretive government policies. Russian human rights activists supporting the American said they regularly receive offers of money, jobs and even marriage to Snowden, the latter to facilitate his entrance to the country.
So Russia joins Ecuador in openly pointing out US hypocrisy. But one can be sure that the feeling is practically global.