NEW DELHI – Washington would not look favorably if it turns out that
Terming Snowden an indicted felon, Kerry said all appropriate countries have been notified of his status.
“It would be very disappointing if he was willfully allowed to board an airplane” from
"I'd urge them to live within the law," Kerry added. "It's in the interest of everyone."
Snowden, 30, an American citizen who has embarrassed the Obama administration by exposing the breadth of U.S. surveillance programs, has eluded U.S. efforts to arrest him. Considered a traitor by some and a folk hero by others, Snowden has kept a step ahead of U.S. authorities who have charged him with violating the
Kerry took a swipe at the civil liberties of countries Snowden has chosen to work with in eluding the U.S. "I wonder if Snowden chose Russia or China for assistance because they are such bastions of Internet freedom," he said.
Times staff writer Paul Richter in Washington contributed to this report.