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SOURCE - RESTRICTION: AP Television - AP Clients Only

Location - Date: DAKAR, Senegal - June 27

NOTE: 2 seconds of black in between bites

1. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

"We are going through the regular legal channels that are involved when we try to extradite somebody. I have not called President Xi personally, or President Putin personally and the reason is because number one, I shouldn't have to. This is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries."

"Number two we've got a whole lot of business that we do with China and Russia. And I'm not going to have one case of a suspect who we're trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where I've got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues simply to get a guy extradited so that he can face the justice system here in the United States."

"My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr. Snowden Asylum recognize that they are part of an international community and that they should be abiding buy international law. And we'll continue to press them as hard as we can to make sure that they do so."

STORYLINE:

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.

Obama said the damage to U.S. national security has already been done and his top focus now is making sure it can't happen again.

"I'm not going to have one case with a suspect who we're trying to extradite suddenly be elevated to the point where I've got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues, simply to get a guy extradited so he can face the justice system," Obama said at a joint news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall.

Snowden turned 30 last week. He was working as a government contractor with security clearance when he seized the NSA documents.

Snowden's intercontinental efforts to shirk U.S. authorities _ taking him from a hotel hideout in Hong Kong to an airport transit zone in Moscow, where he's believed to be holed up _ has already undercut Obama's efforts to strengthen ties with China and threatened to worsen tensions with Russia just as Obama is seeking Moscow's cooperation on Syria. At the same time, Snowden's attempts to seek asylum from Ecuador and other nations have underscored Obama's limited sway in a number of foreign capitals.

Obama said he hadn't personally called either Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping to request their cooperation.

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