The White House grudgingly acknowledged on Wednesday that boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to protest Moscow’s sheltering of NSA leaker Edward Snowden would be a bad idea.
It’s not (or at least not just) a silly, media-stoked Beltway debate. The U.S. has been trying to escalate pressure on Russia to turn over Snowden, who faces felony charges tied to his disclosure of how the government collects the telephone and Internet records of millions of Americans.
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has urged President Barack Obama to consider boycotting the upcoming games in response.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner slapped the idea down sharply. But he doesn't speak for the president. So what did White House press secretary Jay Carney have to say?
“Our view is that we’re continuing to work with the Russian government and other nations on this matter, and we hope to see Mr. Snowden return to the United States,” Carney replied to the first of maybe five or sixRead More »from White House: 'Yeah,' Olympics boycott would be a bad idea