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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Alexei Pushkov
Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that they have received a formal request for asylum National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden, who has been trapped in legal limbo in the transit lounge of Moscow international airport since last month.
Dozens of Americans have been placed on a "Guantanamo list" barring them from entering Russia, in the latest phase of Moscow's retaliation against a U.S. law that imposes sanctions against Russians suspected of human rights abuses.
"By refusing to come to the state Duma to discuss the deaths of our children, the U.S. ambassador has shown that he is not ready for a serious dialogue on this problem," said Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee.
Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian parliament's foreign relations committee, said the list had been expanded to 60 people from the 11 U.S. officials involved in running the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison facility in Cuba, as well as others holding terrorism suspects.