Susan Rice

Susan Rice will become US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser next week. Photo: AP

Snowden leaks have not hurt US foreign policy, says UN ambassador Susan Rice

Rice dismissed commentators who say Snowden’s disclosures have made Obama a lame duck, damaged his political base, and hurt US foreign policy, saying: “I think that’s bunk.”

“I think the United States of America is and will remain the most influential, powerful and important country in the world, the largest economy, and the largest military, [with] a network of alliances, values that are universally respected,” she said.