The threats didn’t work, so now they’re forced to beg.

Via Foreign Policy:

After playing bad cop with the Chinese, the United States is now playing good cop with the Kremlin in its global pursuit of NSA leaker Edward Snowden

On Tuesday, in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that Snowden would not be extradited to the U.S., American officials responded with a flurry of diplomatic pleasantries. “We’ve seen comments by Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin and we understand that Russia must consider the issues raised by Mr. Snowden’s decision to travel there,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. “We agree with President Putin that we do not want this issue to negatively impact our bilateral relations.”

Secretary of State John Kerry struck a similarly conciliatory tone during a news conference in Saudi Arabia. “We are not looking for a confrontation,” Kerry said Tuesday. “We are not ordering anybody. We are simply requesting under a very normal procedure for the transfer of somebody.”

Both Kerry and Hayden insisted that a “clear legal basis” existed to expel Snowden based on the “status of his travel documents and the pending charges against him.” But their measured tones contrasted with Monday’s fiery condemnations of China and threats to Russia after Snowden fled from Hong Kong to Moscow.

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