The confusion is understandable.
John Kerry has said people could actually die as a result of the Snowden leaks:
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 27, 2013
And here’s president Obama speaking in Africa today:
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 27, 2013
'I’m Not Going to Be Scrambling Jets to Get a 29-Year-Old Hacker' Obama Glib About Apprehending Snowden? http://t.co/N5hTCWdxRP
— Chris Mundy (@mundyspeaks) June 27, 2013
Obama Seeks to Play Down Snowden’s Importance http://t.co/eLOmdMFcxH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 27, 2013
Others are curious about the discrepancy as well:
John Kerry said people may die because of Snowden an Obama said he's just a 29 year old "hacker" and was dismissive. Which is it?
— Leroy Sweeney (@im4ue) June 27, 2013
Obama: "I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker." Kerry: "People may die" bc of Snowden. Some confusion at the WH?
— KatCara (@Ktcarang) June 27, 2013
Obama referred to Snowden as a “29-year-old hacker” when in fact he is a 30 year old leaker, but maybe he didn’t go to that briefing.