SOURCE - RESTRICTION: Pool - AP Clients Only

Location - Date: WASHINGTON - June 24, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

"Yeah, what we know is that we're following all the appropriate legal channels and working with various other countries to make sure that rule of law is observed. Beyond that I'll refer you to the Justice Department that has been actively involved in the case."

2. SOUNDBITE: Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary

"Hong Kong authorities requested additional information concerning the U.S. charges and evidence. The U.S. Had been in communication with Hong Kong about these inquiries. And we were in the process of responding to the request when we learned that Hong Kong authorities had allowed the fugitive to leave Hong Kong. With regards to your question about the Chinese government, we are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official. This was a deliberate choice, by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship."

"It is our assumption that he is in Russia, yes."

"We have a strong cooperative relationship with the Russians on law enforcement matters. And we expect the Russians to examine the options available to them to expel Mr. Snowden for his return to the United States."


President Barack Obama says the United States is following legal channels on how to bring National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden back to the U.S. He says the administration is working with other countries to make sure "the rule of law is observed."

Obama made his remark at the White House.

He was asked by a reporter if he had discussed Snowden's situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama did not respond directly to that question.

Earlier, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States assumes Snowden is in Russia, where he fled after leaving Hong Kong. Carney said Snowden's departure from Hong Kong after the United States requested his extradition damaged U.S.-China relations.