The United States will keep to routine channels in its efforts to bring self-avowed NSA leaker Edward Snowden back for prosecution, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
“I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” he told reporters during a news conference in Senegal.
Snowden spent a fourth day in Moscow’s airport Wednesday, with Russian officials suggesting it’s time for him to move on but with no decision on his request for asylum in Ecuador.
Ecuador, the South American country where Snowden has sought refuge, has already hosted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a year in its embassy in London. The Ecuadorian government took a swipe at Washington on Wednesday, rejecting what it called “detrimental, untrue, and unproductive” claims the U.S. government has made about Ecuador. But it also invited Washington to weigh in on the request.