“US lawmakers fume over Russia granting asylum to Snowden”
“”…Americans in Washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with Russia,” Sen. Lindsey Graham…said…calling Russia’s decision “provocative” and “a sign of Vladimir Putin’s clear lack of respect for President Obama.”
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., also said that Snowden “belongs in a United States courtroom, not a free man deserving of asylum in Russia.” He called the development a “setback to U.S.-Russia relations.”
…Snowden’s representatives said he had been issued papers that allowed him to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport… He…has been given a one-year temporary asylum.
…Russia has refused to grant requests from the Obama administration to hand over Snowden to face federal charges.”