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White House passes for now on Graham's call to boycott Russian Olympics

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A White House spokesman on Wednesday sidestepped questions about a possible U.S. boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia over national security leaker Edward Snowden, but he didn’t rule out such a move.

“I’m not going to engage in speculation about that, and the Olympics are a long way off,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “We share [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin’s views expressed again that we don’t want this matter to do harm to our bilateral relations.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, on Wednesday called for a U.S. boycott of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, if Moscow does not return Mr. Snowden, who has been holed up in an airport at the Russian capital for weeks seeking asylum.

Mr. Carney said speculation about “what might happen if it’s not resolved is certainly not helpful.”

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