Student or Learner
There might be a tense error here:
"By Friday evening, the Kremlin had made no official statement about Mr. Snowdens fate, though Mr. Putin had ample opportunity to make remarks as he fielded questions from supporters attending an annual youth camp at Seliger Lake northwest of Moscow. None of the questioners in what is typically a scripted encounter with the public broached the controversy, nor did Mr. Putin raise it. "
Since the "scripted encounter" is a past event, shouldn't "was" be used instead of "is"?
But, suppose if "is" was replaced with "was" in the example, how is the meaning changed?