Schumer: By Granting Snowden Asylum, ‘Russia Has Stabbed Us In The Back’

August 1, 2013 10:06 a.m.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Democrats’ third-in-command, blasted Russia over its decision to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum Thursday.

“Russia has stabbed us in the back, and each day that Mr. Snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife,” he said in a statement. “Others who have practiced civil disobedience in the past have stood up and faced the charges because they strongly believed in what they were doing. Mr. Snowden is a coward who has chosen to run. Given Russia’s decision today, the President should recommend moving the G-20 summit.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney also expressed extreme disappointment with the country’s decision to grant asylum, saying the U.S. was re-evaluating whether a summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will still take place in the fall.

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