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By Warren StrobelPaul Eckert. But the global travels on Sunday of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden highlight the limits of that approach. Leaders Obama has wooed - and met recently - were willing to snub the American president.
Snowden has acknowledged leaking details of highly classified NSA surveillance programs.
Beijing may merely have wished to get rid of a potential irritant in its multifaceted relationship with Washington. WikiLeaks, which says it is helping the year-old Snowden, said via Twitter that he intended to go to Ecuador, whose government has antagonistic relations with Washington. To be sure, the U. But Snowden has ificant levers of his own, in the form of a cache of NSA secrets of unknown size and scope.
Privately, U. Most U. But U. Representative Peter King, a frequent Obama critic and Republican who sits on the permanent select committee on intelligence, said the president should be more aggressive in defending the surveillance programs that U. Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways, and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States, whether it is Syria, Iran, and now, of course, with Snowden.
Editing by Fred Barbash and Doina Chiacu. World News Updated. Consulate in Hong Kong in this June 13, file photo.China - Hong Kong i host nsa
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