President Obama weighed in on the search for government leaker Edward Snowden Monday, saying the United States was working with other countries and following all applicable laws to catch the former American contractor who spilled secrets about top-secret surveillance programs.
“What we know is that we’re following all the appropriate legal channels and working with various other countries to make sure that rule of law is observed, and beyond that, I’ll refer to the Justice Department that has been actively involved in the case,” Obama said ahead of a meeting with business leaders at the White House to discuss immigration reform.
Obama has been careful to avoid saying too much about the search for Snowden, who has hopscotched the globe in an attempt to evade U.S. authorities. The president tried to shoo reporters out of the room on Monday, before relenting and giving a vague reaction to the Snowden manhunt.
Earlier Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the administration thinks Snowden is still in Russia, hitting China for releasing America’s most-wanted man as questions continue to swirl about the former U.S. contractor’s whereabouts.
“It is our assumption that he is in Russia,” Carney said at the start of his daily briefing with the White House press corps.
And Carney had particularly tough language for China, accusing the country of intentionally letting the “fugitive” travel from Hong Kong to Russia.
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