June 27th, 2013
08:27 AM ET
1 year ago

U.S. won't 'scramble jets' to get Snowden, Obama says

(CNN) - The United States will keep to routine channels in its efforts to bring self-avowed NSA leaker Edward Snowden back for prosecution, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker," he told reporters during a news conference in Senegal.

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  1. Data Driven

    Oh good, we won't start World War 3 over this weasel who is too cowardly to face the music from his whistleblowing.

    If he'd stayed here to accept the consequences of his convictions, I'd have a much different opinion of Mr. Snowden, by the way.

    June 27, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. The "hero" Edward Snowden. A 29 year old traitor hopping from one country to another, afraid of his own shadow.

    Quite the heroic statement he's making, CNN. Yes?

    June 27, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    He's not worth the jet fuel. However, I wouldn't mind a hellfire missle dropping on him. Lord only knows how much damage he's caused.

    June 27, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Legal Permit to Carry

    Why scramble jets when you can use a drone?

    June 27, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. loha41

    i wonder what Snowden has on Obama...

    June 27, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Tony

    I watched "Skyfall" recently. The U.S. needs a MI6.

    June 27, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Good, that's why Pres. Obama was re-elected POTUS. People know that he's not going to use cowboy diplomacy. What would a fighter jet do, anyway, besides get shot down? Republicans screamed for fighter jets immediately following the Benghazi attacks. As if the jets were going to bomb the compound or something?

    June 27, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. plain&simple

    No jets? How about drones? Is Obama as liberal as conservatives want everyone to believe? It's a complex world we live in and always has been. The only change between now and a hundred years ago? Awareness!!!

    June 27, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. JM

    obama also said that he did not contact Putin or china, guess the "29 year old hacker", as obama called him isnt as much of a security threat as he was presented

    June 27, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    If you think the government has the authority to force religious groups to perform same-sex marriages, you're wrong. They cannot dictate to private religious organizations and groups about how to perform marriages.
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    One word – YET.

    All the illustrious federal government has to do is threaten religious organizations with their tax-exempt status and they'll either comply or fold. Care to wager?

    June 27, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    HenryMiller

    "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

    Remember that line, Clinton fans. You'll see it a lot if she's foolish enough to run for President.
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    CBS News: "You say that the Ryan Plan does not balance the annual budget for 30 years. What would the national deficit be by that time.

    Paul Ryan: "I don't know. I haven't run the numbers, yet."

    The budget wonk is actually a budget quack. He still doesn't know to this today. He just makes up numbers that sound good, and throws them out there.
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    Says the man whose new catchphrase is "bait & switch, folks... bait & switch".

    June 27, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Legal Permit to Carry wrote:

    Why scramble jets when you can use a drone?
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    It was a figure of speech. He was saying that he's not starting World War III. He's also not showing to much concern about Snowden, because he's trying to downplay the significance of whatever Snowden may be carrying.

    June 27, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Jets wouldn't be needed. The NSA or CIA would hire mercenaries through various other sources to get him "dropped off" in a designated location. As long as there is a far enough removal, there shouldn't be a problem with deniablity.

    June 27, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    HenryMiller

    "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

    Remember that line, Clinton fans. You'll see it a lot if she's foolish enough to run for President.
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    CBS News: "You say that the Ryan Plan does not balance the annual budget for 30 years. What would the national deficit be by that time.

    Paul Ryan: "I don't know. I haven't run the numbers, yet."

    The budget wonk is actually a budget quack. He still doesn't know to this today. He just makes up numbers that sound good, and throws them out there.
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    Says the man whose new catchphrase is "bait & switch, folks... bait & switch".
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    Fair, Ryan IS a budget quack who uses the works of Ayn Rand, a militant atheist who saw religion as an arm of the state as the blueprint for his budget.

    June 27, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Says the man whose new catchphrase is "bait & switch, folks... bait & switch".
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    I learned that one from the NRA. "The way to fight a bait and switch is with a better bait and switch." I also note your own bait and switch. You ignored the fact that Ryan actually said that national television, just days after he chosen by Romney.

    June 27, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |