President Barack Obama, in Senegal on the first day of his tour of Africa, finally spoke about his views on Edward Snowden.
The president gave the shortest possible answer to all the speculations and questions whether he would contact the leaders of China and Russia regarding the NSA whistleblower. Obama said, “I have not called President Xi (Jinping) personally or President (Vladimir) Putin personally. The reason is, number one, I shouldn't have to. This is something that routinely is dealt between law enforcement officials in various countries.”
Obama also shed some light on Snowden’s extradition and said that there had been “some useful conversations” taking place between the U.S. government and the Russian government and he hoped that all countries seeking to provide asylum to the whistleblower would abide by international law.
Following the revelation of top secret U.S. intelligence documents about secret surveillance program PRISM provided by Edward Snowden, an ex-CIA agent, the Obama administration has been in a fix. The exposé posed some really serious questions on the “democratic” rule under Obama. And now according to the president, the whole incident is nothing but just another ‘routine’ case of hacking.
In fact, Obama is not planning to go through the trouble of finding Snowden and “scramble jets after him.” He said, “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”
So, after being called a whistleblower, hero and patriot as well as a villain, fugitive and traitor, Edward Snowden is also now a hacker. Interesting.
You can watch President Obama’s answering questions in Senegal in the video above.