Washington: The United States has warned countries against giving shelter to fugitive Edward Snowden, or letting him travel internationally, as the former CIA (Agencies)
contractor landed in Moscow.
"The United States has been in touch via diplomatic and law enforcement channels with countries in the Western Hemisphere through which Snowden might transit or that could serve as final destinations," a State Department official said.
"The US is advising these governments that 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 to the United States," said the official on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile top US lawmakers doubted the intentions of both China and Russia in the latest unfolding development regarding Snowden, who flew from Hong Kong to Moscow.
"I had actually thought that China would see this as an opportunity to improve relations and extradite him to the United States. China clearly had a role in this, in my view. I don't think this was just Hong Kong without Chinese acquiescence," Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said.
"I think his choice of Moscow was interesting. I think what's interesting is that he was taken off in a car and his luggage in a separate car. I think it'll be very interesting to see what Moscow does with him," she said.
Senator Charles Schumer, who is the third-ranking Senate Democratic leader, warned Russia of serious consequences if it gives shelter to Snowden.
"What's infuriating here is Prime Minister [Vladimir] Putin of Russia abetting Snowden's escape," Schumer said. "I think it will have serious consequences for the United States-Russia relationship," he added.
Washington: The United States has warned countries against giving shelter to fugitive Edward Snowden, or letting him travel internationally, as the former CIA