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Obama won’t make deals for Snowden extradition

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States won’t be scrambling military jets or engaging in high-level diplomatic bartering to get National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extradited to the U.S., President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Dismissing him as ‘‘a 29-year-old hacker,’’ Obama sought to downplay the international chase for Snowden, lowering the temperature of an issue that has already raised tensions between the U.S. and uneasy partners Russia and China. Snowden turned 30 last week.

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