Russia vs. U.S. Gas Cold War Underlying Edward Snowden Asylum Standoff By @Steve_Horn1022

For both countries' administrations, the Snowden affair is just another ho-hum spat in the greater imperial rivalry.



    Secretary of State John Kerry listens at right to a translation as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to reporters during their meeting at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The crisis in Syria, arms control and missile defense headline what are expected to be chilly talks between top U.S. and Russian foreign and defense chiefs, a sit-down tainted by the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, which led President Barack Obama to cancel his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    Secretary of State John Kerry, right, listens to a translation as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to reporters during their meeting in Washington, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The much-discussed Snowden affair is only the latest surface-level event in a geopolitical standoff between the U.S. and Russa over natural gas. (AP/Charles Dharapak)
    Nearly two months ago, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden handed smoking-gun documents on the international surveillance apparatus to The Guardian andThe Washington Post in what’s become one of the most captivating stories in recent memory.
    Snowden now lives in Russia after a Hollywood-like nearly six-week-long stint in a Moscow airport waiting for a country to grant him asylum.
     
     
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