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?