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Moscow: Looking to secure Russias help on an array of issues, from Syria to nuclear arms cuts, President Barack Obama at the Group of Eight summit meeting last week talked of his hope for a constructive cooperative relationship that moves us out of a Cold War mindset.

But there are times when th cheap canada goose jacket e old rivalry is as fierce as ever, when spying and counterspying are a given. The arrival in Moscow of Edward J. Snowden was such a moment.

Ignoring demands by the White House, and even a personal entreaty by Secretary of State John Kerry, to intercept Snowden and return him to the United States, where he is accused of disclosing classified intelligence, the Russian government denied having any information about him.

The denials echoed Monday on statecontrolled television and on news agencies close to the Kremlin, even as Russian police surrounded the Aeroflot jet that would presumably ferry Snowden to Cuba. They were repeated even as WikiLeaks, the antisecrecy group that is helping Snowden, said he had special travel papers from Ecuador for safe passage through Russia.

The White House, meanwhile, said that it believed Snowden was still in Russia, and some experts on USRussia relations said that belief made sense.

The guy is supposedly carrying four laptops, plus a bunch of thumb drives, supposedly knows all sorts of other things, said Matthew Rojansky, the deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. You dont pass up an opportunity like that. You dont just let him pass through the business lounge, on the way to Cuba.

The Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, the postSoviet successor of the KGB, would not say if it had met Snowden. But Rojansky said if the agency had avoided Snowden, that would contradict the gut instincts for great gamesmanship.

Not exclusively because of the Cold War, but in part also because of national psyche and culture, these two sides are like ninja masters who have taken up a new profession, he said. Its like Mr Miyagi at the cash register, and when a fly comes by they reach up and grab it.

The ability of the United States and Russia to jockey for intelligence advantage while maintaining their broader relationship was on display just last month when the FSB arrested a US Embassy official in Moscow, carrying two wigs, a compass and a large sum of cash, and accused him of working for the CIA.

In that case, both sides knew the playbook well: the official, Ryan C Fogle, who had diplomatic immunity, was expelled.

Snowdens case was different, partly because he was passing through Russia by choice, as a fugitive, and partly because of the intelligence data he was said to be carrying.

While Obama seemed to go out of his way at the G8 conference not to publicly chastise President Vladimir V Putin over human rights disagreements, there was no such restraint on Monday by Obamas aides in the Snowden intrigue.

I suppose there is no small irony here, I mean I wonder if Mr. Snowden chose China and Russia as assistants in his flight from justice because they are such powerful bastions of Internet freedom, Kerry said. And I wonder while he was in either of those countries if he raised the question of Internet freedom since that s cheap canada goose jacket eems to be what he champions.

< cheap canada goose jacket br />And where just last week Obama was praising Russia for its cooperation with the investigation in the Boston Marathon bombing, Kerry warned on Monday of unspecified consequences for the relationship as a result of the Snowden case.

Nonetheless it seemed that more pressing priorities like Syria, and cooperation on the American withdrawal from Afghanistan next year, would far outweigh any tension over Snowden.

There is also a long history of disagreement over defectors that would suggest American officials have little hope for cooperation.

Examples abound of alleged criminals sought by Russia that other governments have refused to extradite, including Leonid Nevzlin, a former executive of the Yukos oil company who fled to Israel and owned an apartment in New York.

Jasvinder Nakhwal, a partner with the British law firm of Peters Peters, which has fought numerous extradition requests by Russia, said that both legal and political factors complicate any such situation, but that many Russian requests were blocked.

They have sought the extradition of many individuals and in those particular cases the courts have concluded that the requests have been made for political purposes, Nakhwal said.

In that sense, the Snowden case has provided Russia with an opportunity to accuse the US government of a politically motivated prosecution, a charge more frequently leveled against the Kremlin by American officials.

Rojansky, of the Carnegie Endowment, said that aiding Snowden fit with Russias view of itself as a check on American hegemony.

Theres a real continuity in that narrative from Cold War to postcoldwar Russia is an alternative power center, truer to certain ideals, he said. And this all kind of tracks with Putins personal mantra: I have an independent foreign policy. I am the only world leader who has an independent foreign policy that is not dictated by Washington. cheap canada goose jacket