Ha!  Edward Snowden is still at the Moscow airport, and Vladimir Putin is defending himself from American charges that he is helping hide a criminal.  Putin says that Mr. Snowden’s arrival was “a complete surprise for us”.

This would all be very nice except that the Guardian reported a few days earlier that Russia offered to consider a political asylum request for Snowden as soon as he fled the U.S., even though Snowden had not submitted any such request to them.  They immediately volunteered themselves as a possible location for him…but now Putin is completely surprised by this turn of events!  Perhaps he is just amazed that anyone would actually take him at his word?

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