When Edward Snowden gave classified information to newspapers to expose privacy violations by the U.S. government, he made the smart move of leaving America immediately. Snowden first went to Hong Kong, before hopping on a flight to Russia.
As expected, the U.S. wants to get their hands on him with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threating action against countries that are helping Snowden. As expected, both China and Russia are ignoring calls from the U.S.
Seriously, I don’t understand all these threats issued by the U.S. Snowden was a former CIA employee who also worked the NSA. He has information about the U.S. government tapping the phones of Americans as well as hacking Chinese cellphone companies to steal their SMS data. Even if you discount the fact that Russia does not have an extradition agreement with Washington, there is no way Russia is going to hand Snowden over. Russian President Vladimir Putin has to be a bloody idiot to do that, and say what you want about Putin, he’s no fool.
Snowden is gone. He’s out of the reach of the U.S. government and as embarrassing as that is, the U.S. need to accept that fact. Tearing up your diplomatic relations with China and Russia is not going to change it.