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Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Snowden at Brunei Summit

HeadlineJul 03, 2013

Speaking in Brunei, Secretary of State John Kerry said he discussed the U.S. effort to extradite NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional meeting.

Secretary of State John Kerry: “I did raise the issue of, obviously, Mr. Snowden, but that is not his portfolio. It’s being handled — nor is it mine, directly, because it’s being handled within the Justice Department. So it is fair to say that we didn’t discuss any substantive progress, but I certainly raised, from our point of view, how it fits within the context of our relationship. But again, not his portfolio, and so it wasn’t discussed in a way that he would be able to take any action on it.”

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