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Russian Law Enforcement Ties Key to Snowden Return, Donilon Says

The U.S. is using law enforcement connections forged through the investigation of the bombing at the Boston Marathon to seek the return of Edward Snowden, White House national security adviser Tom Donilon said.

“We have had a history of law enforcement issues being resolved effectively, including cooperation on the Boston Marathon bombing with the Russians,” Donilon said in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” that aired today. “These discussions are taking place through law enforcement channels, which I think is the place for them to take place.”

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, is wanted by the U.S. for disclosing classified programs to collect the phone records of Americans and monitor Internet communications of suspected foreign terrorists. He is believed to be in the transit lounge of a Moscow airport while seeking asylum in Ecuador.

“He’s not traveling on valid papers and he should be returned to the United States because he’s wanted here for a crime,” Donilon said.

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