President Obama: ‘Not Scrambling Jets’ For NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

Source: Jennifer Lazuta / USA Today

DAKAR, Senegal — Posters plastered with President Obama’s smiling face and U.S. flags flapping in the warm ocean breeze lined the main routes into Senegal’s capital city on Thursday.

Obama arrived in Senegal as part of a three-country visit to Africa on Wednesday night and residents in the West African country were on hand Thursday to offer him a warm welcome, with many taking to the streets to watch the president’s motorcade drive past.

Obama used a news conference at the presidential palace on Thursday morning with Senegal’s President Macky Sall to address a number of issues squarely on his domestic agenda.

President Obama said he won’t engage in “wheeling, dealing and trading” to get Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor accused of espionage, extradited to the USA. “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get to a 29-year-old hacker,” he said.

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