Wikileaks helping Snowden evade U.S. custody, in Russia

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    WASHINGTON (CBS) -- Russia's President is speaking out today about NSA leaker Edward Snowden confirming he is in a Moscow airport, but says he will not extradite him to the United States.

    Russia's president confirms Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport. Valdimir Putin says Snowden is a free man and will not be handed over to American authorities because Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.

    But U.S. secretary of State John Kerry says Moscow should do it anyway. Kerry said, "We're not looking for a confrontation or ordering somebody... we're simply requesting under very normal procedures for the transfer of somebody just as we transferred to Russia seven people in the last two years."

    Snowden arrived in Moscow Sunday from Hong Kong. Putin says it was unexpected and that Russian security agencies never worked with Snowden.

    The incident has already strained White House relations with China after Hong Kong failed to extradite Snowden to face espionage charges. White House press secretary Jay Carney says, "That decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship."

    China did not take kindly to the White House rhetoric, saying the U.S. has no reason to call into question how Hong Kong handled the matter.

    Snowden embarrassed the Obama administration first by leaking highly classified National Security Agency documents and then by evading capture. Paul Ryan says, "It reveals an administration that is more incompetent by the day."

    Russia's president says he hopes this case will not affect relations with the U.S.

    Whistleblower website Wikileaks says they are providing Snowden with money and support.

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