Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani lambasted President Obama’s handling of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has no plans to turn him over to the U.S. despite missives from the administration.
“Who would you give greater odds to catch a fugitive — a former KGB agent or a former community organizer?” Mr. Guiliani said Wednesday on “Fox and Friends. “The KGB agent is working him over. He worked him over during that conference, he really worked him over. And unfortunately, he’s our president, and he makes our country look so weak that it’s dangerous.”
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Mr. Guiliani said if he were president, he would propose some sort of hostage or spy exchange in to get a hold of someone like Mr. Snowden.
“You grab somebody that is very close to Mr. Putin who is allegedly spying on us,” he said. “You grab him, you hold him — I don’t know who it is. Putin is alleged to have girlfriends and all kinds of other things. … You grab some people that are important to Putin and you say, ‘OK, you want him back? We want him back.’ Come on.”
“And Putin would love that,” Mr. Guiliani continued. “How many deals has Putin done as a KGB agent where they exchanged three of their spies for two of our spies, and Obama doesn’t know how to play this game.”
Mr. Putin declared Mr. Snowden “a free man” Tuesday, confirming that Mr. Snowden had been at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport since Sunday. He explicitly refused to comply with the U.S. request to turn over Mr. Snowden, noting that the two countries don’t have an extradition treaty.