Despite U.S. President Barack Obama's affected nonchalance over the explosive disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden - he said the USA "would not scramble jets to get a 29-year-old hacker", which was interpreted by reporters to mean the United States would "keep to routine channels" in its attempts to bring Snowden back to the U.S. for trial - http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/27/u-s-wont-scramble-jets-to-get-snowden-obama-says/ the astounding episode of political hardball that followed, in which the Bolivian President's official aircraft was forced down so that it could be searched by U.S. personnel (with the cooperation of the usual pack of tumblers eager to prove their loyalty) soon betrayed that the U.S.A. is furious over Snowden's spilling the beans and is determined to have him at whatever cost. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/02/world/americas/bolivia-presidential-plane Now a prominent Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, has submitted a bill asking for consideration of trade sanctions against Russia to punish that wicked country for harbouring Snowden. Packaged in the usual fashion for American politics - tucked into a funding bill as an amendment - the bill calls for "sanction options against any country that provides asylum to Mr. Snowden, including revocation or suspension of trade privileges and preferences". http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-mon...te-funding-possible-snowden-related-sanctions You can almost hear the corporate scream of horror from here, as trying to get back to the thumbsucking political comfort of Jackson-Vanik would be very costly, and big American companies are already struggling for Russian market share and frustrated with the endless political minuet. http://www.usrussiatrade.org/documents/Russia PNTR One-Pager - Caterpillar.pdf In view of all that gnashing of teeth and hissing from the U.S.A., it is astonishing to see Snowden has been named the winner - by Germany - of its Whistleblower Award, including a 3000-euro prize. http://en.rian.ru/world/20130723/182373434/Snowden-Gets-Whistleblower-Award-in-Germany.html American sanctions against Germany, anyone?