White House says U.S. 'disappointed' in Snowden developments

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 1:10 PM
White House says U.S. 'disappointed' in Snowden developments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is disappointed in Russia's decision to grant asylum to fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and President Barack Obama may forego an anticipated Moscow summit this fall, the White House said on Thursday.

"We see this as an unfortunate development and we are extremely disappointed by it," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Asked whether Moscow's granting of a year's asylum in Russia to Snowden would affect a decision to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in September, Carney said, "We are evaluating the utility of the summit."

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Bill Trott)