- Stake US credibility on having China return him
- Make sure he knows that he won’t receive a fair trial back in the US
- Declare him to be an enemy of the US, while he is in Russia and still in possession of huge amounts of potentially harmful information to US interests.
- Behave in ways which confirm everything Snowden is complaining about, in order to ramp up world-wide sympathy for him.
Our leaders are true strategic geniuses.