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Give us whistleblower Edward Snowden, Obama tells Russians

The United States is urging Russia to hand over spy agency leaker Edward Snowden to face justice, the White House has said.

US officials are working with Moscow in hopes he will be expelled and returned to America to face criminal charges, President Barack Obama's spokesman said.

He declared that a decision by Hong Kong not to detain National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has “unquestionably” hurt relations between the US and China.

Snowden left Hong Kong, where he has been in hiding, and flew to Moscow but then apparently did not board a plane bound for Cuba as had been expected. His whereabouts were a mystery.

The founder of the WikiLeaks secret-spilling organiSation, Julian Assange, said he wouldn't go into details about where Snowden was but said he was safe. Snowden has applied for asylum in Ecuador, Iceland and possibly other countries, Assange said.

A White House spokesman said the US was expecting the Russians “to look at the options available to them to expel Mr Snowden back to the United States to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged”.

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