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  • Putin Shouldn't Cooperate with U.S. over Snowden

    Without a doubt, Putin shouldn't cooperate with President Obama over Edward Snowden. Snowden revealed unconstitutional spying by the NSA on the American people and shouldn't be punished for doing so. He should remain in Russia under asylum and as far away from Obama as possible. The NSA snooping programs should be stopped immediately.

  • No. Putin should let Snowden Stay in Russia.

    Snowden did the right thing. He saved America by exposing this massive intelligence programs. None of the information he leaked can be used to help a terrorist. The information he leaked contained things that the government does not want us to know that we should have known. Now Obama wants Putin to not give Snowden asylum but Snowden needs it and I myself would be willing to help him. He's a hero.

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AnonyFeline says2013-08-15T20:15:22.727
Many fail to realize the difficult position in which Putin finds himself. It's almost a diplomatic and political Catch-22. The olympics will be in his homeland and he must properly balance his decisions in the grey area where justice lies.

It is unclear if the true intention of Putin is for the cause of individual rights or as a political affront, with the added benefit of appearing to be an rights advocate. If it is the latter, then he has succeeded in both disappointing the U.S. And similar governments, and the improved perception of Russia. The following argument assumes the former, and that current events and the upcoming hosting of an important world class event has driven Putin to choose to exemplify the values purported by the U.S. And other such countries.

By releasing Snowden to the United States he strengthens their somewhat fragile though developing and improving relationship. Concurrently he sets an alarming precedent on the stance of the Russian Federation in matters of the international right of an individual to seek political assylum , and the overstep of powers of his government in Snowden's civil and human rights. Turning him over would be the equivalent a bully handing an abuse victim over to another bully rather than allowing a court to decide (in this case, the court of public opinion).

Granting Snowden protection via political asylum allows the subject brought forward by his revelations (NSA surveillance via third party private contractors) to be addressed more squarely and openly. Their non-compliance to the handover request has the consequence of slightly hindering the relationship between the two powers to a lesser degree, but it also shows that Russia values the same rights afforded by the U.S. And other developed, democratic, and republican nations.