Obama, Putin look to end standoff over NSA leaker Edward Snowden

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President Obama said Monday there are “high level discussions” underway with Russia to find a solution over the extradition of Edward Snowden.

Obama said he was “hopeful” that Russia would make the right decision on Snowden, the 30-year-old former government contractor who has given a series of national security leaks to the press.

Reuters — quoting Russia’s RIA news agency — reported Monday that Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have told their security services to resolve the standoff over Snowden.

Separately, the wire service reported that Putin said if Snowden wants to stay in Russia, he must “stop his work aimed at harming our American partners.”

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