Biden addressed reporters at the conclusion of the G7 summit in the United Kingdom and reportedly said, “Yes, I’m open to it” when asked about the possibility of an extradition swap of hackers between the US and Russia, even going so far as to call it a potentially “positive” arrangement. Well, another circus show.
The President’s “handlers” made it clear on Sunday that no “swaps” between the two former Cold War adversaries were planned in the near future, almost immediately after this brief moment of free-thinking. This has, predictably, left many people confused as to who was in authority in the White House. It also appears that world leaders are more dismissive of Biden, which might stifle American diplomatic effectiveness on the global stage.
According to the Interfax News Agency, Putin stated, “If we agree to extradite criminals, then, of course, Russia will do so, and we will do so, but only if the other side, in this case, the United States, agrees to do the same and extradites the criminals in question to the Russian Federation.”
President Biden said, in regards to the issue: ‘
Yes, I’m open to, if there are crimes committed against Russia, then, in fact, people committing those crimes are being harbored in the United States, I’m committing to holding them accountable.’ But while flying from Brussels to London, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan attempted to clear the air denying that Biden was contemplating a ‘swap.’ According to Sullivan, ‘What the president was responding to in the affirmative was not the specific proposal of the exchange of cybercriminals,.’ Instead, in a smoke show of semantics, Sullivan said that ‘What he [Biden] was saying was that if Vladimir Putin wants to come and say I‘m prepared to make sure that cybercrimes will be held accountable, Joe Biden is perfectly willing to say cybercriminals will be held accountable in America because they already are,.’
The American public may be confused, given that the regime has been in power for less than a year.