U.S. Shouldn’t Boycott Sochi Olympics Because Of Edward Snowden

Lee Igel July 22, 2013 0
U.S. Shouldn’t Boycott Sochi Olympics Because Of Edward Snowden

By Lee Igel & Art Caplan
Forbes.com | July 21, 2013

“Edward Snowden, the former government contractor wanted by United States officials for stealing secret documents from the National Security Agency and leaking them to the press, has been hunkered down in the transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for the past several weeks. Whatever he’s plotting as a next move, it includes a request for temporary asylum in Russia. The White House is keeping a close watch on what Russia does, and considering canceling plans for a fall summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin if Snowden is given asylum. The request has Congress on edge, too: Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, thinks Obama should respond by considering a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Matters of the pros and cons of presidential summit meetings are in the realm of diplomacy. But would an Olympic boycott send the intended message to the Kremlin?”

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