Snowden causing a stir

10:05 AM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- The U.S. is in some hot water this morning with its allies after more intelligence leaks accusing us of spying on our partners.

This, as Edward Snowden spends another day trapped in a Russian airport with less hope of getting out.

The one country that seemed open to helping Snowden now says it's up to Russia to let him go, as the Europeans press the White House for answers.

The European Union is demanding an explanation after a German magazine reported the U.S. has been spying on them. "I feel treated as a European and a representative of a European institution like the representative of the enemy," said European Parliament President, Martin Schulz.

A spokesman for the Director of National Intelligence says the U.S. will respond directly to the E.U. not in public, and that we gather intelligence, just like everyone else.

The new allegations are believed to have come from Edward Snowden.. The whistleblower fugitive now stuck in Moscow's airport. "I think it's pretty good that he's stuck in the-- Moscow Airport. That's okay with me. (LAUGH) He can stay there," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D) California.

Lawmakers think the U.S. should play hardball with Russian President Vladmir Putin to get Snowden back. "This is a direct slap in the face to the United States of America[.] They thumb their nose at us no matter (what) the issue is," said Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona.

After a chat with Vice President Biden, Ecuador's president seems to be backing off, saying it'll only grant asylum if Snowden can get to Ecuador or one of its embassies. "We ought to be very clear with Ecuador. That if they take Snowden, they're going to pay a price," said Senator Chuck Schumer, (D) New York.

The U.S. may have already paid a price. A former CIA chief says Snowden's leak has caused significant and irreversible damage.

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