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June 24th, 2013
09:16 PM ET

Snowden tests U.S. relationships: White House asks Russia to hand him over; rebukes China

The Obama administration pressed Russia Monday to turn over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, while rebuking China over letting him escape to Moscow.

President Barack Obama told reporters Monday that the United States is pursuing all legal channels to bring Snowden back. And White House spokesman Jay Carney said U.S. officials are reaching out to numerous countries in an effort to have Snowden turned over.

Fair trial impossible in U.S., Snowden tells Ecuador in asylum request

"The U.S. is advising these governments that Mr. Snowden is wanted on felony charges and as such should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel other than is necessary to return him here to the United States," he said.

A senior administration official tells CNN that FBI Director Robert Mueller called his counterpart at Russia's Federal Security Service twice Monday concerning Snowden. But so far, Russia isn't saying much.

Russian news agency Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying Moscow could not arrest or deport Snowden because he had not entered Russian territory – meaning he was probably still in the transit area at Moscow's airport. But what does this say about President Obama's influence on the world stage?

Outfront tonight: Peter Brookes, former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President George W. Bush and Hilary Rosen is a Democratic strategist and CNN Political Contributor.

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