"He said very clearly in statements that he's given that he was doing this to serve a public purpose," Radack said.
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Douglas McNabb, a Houston lawyer who specializes in extradition, said he was surprised to hear that Snowden had chosen Hong Kong as a safe haven given the existing treaty.
It was not immediately clear whether Snowden had a lawyer.
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seen the Chinese government interfere in these sorts of decisions before," said Patricia Ho, a lawyer with Daly Associates in Hong Kong, who has dealt extensively with refugees and asylum claims in the city. consulate in Hong Kong wouldn't comment when asked if an extradition claim would be made for Snowden. Nor would it confirm if he was still in the city. Hong Kong's Security Bureau and Justice Department also gave no immediate comment.
formal extradition request. government decides to prosecute him. over Mr. Snowden, and very few people have found that they have the clout to persuade another country to go out of their way for them," said Robert Anello, a New York lawyer who has handled extradition cases.
Another defense for Snowden, lawyers said, would be to argue a lack of "dual criminality" for a person to be extradited, the alleged act must be a crime in both countries. While that will be for a Hong Kong court to decide, it might be a long shot, Anello said. Espionage Act, he said.
Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule amid constitutional guarantees for a high degree of autonomy. China, however, has responsibility over defence and foreign affairs and has exerted considerable behind the scenes influence over the financial hub's political, financial, legal and academic spheres.
government's secret surveillance programs may not save him from prosecution due to an extradition treaty in force since 1998. telecom and Internet companies. prosecution attempts, he told the Guardian. citizen, said in a video interview posted on the Guardian's website. Justice Department said it was in the initial stages of a criminal investigation.
Jesselyn Radack, a former Justice Department lawyer who represents whistleblowers, said she expected prosecutors would "try to indict him as soon as possible" with "voluminous" Espionage Act charges followed by Interpol warrants for his arrest. But she said Snowden fit the profile and legal definition of a whistleblower and should be entitled to protection under a federal law passed to protect people who reveal waste and abuse.
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Asked if he had a plan in place, Snowden told the Guardian: "The only thing I can do is sit here and hope the Hong Kong government does not deport me . My predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values. The nation that most encompasses this is Iceland. They stood up for people over Internet freedom. I have no idea what my future is going to be." (Additional reporting by David Ingram, Mark Hosenball, John Shiffman, Joseph Ax, Andrew Longstreth and Andrea Shalal Esa; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Ian Geoghegan)
However, under Hong Kong's Fugitives Offenders Ordinance, Beijing can issue an "instruction" to the city's leader to take or not take action on extraditions where the interests of China "in matters of defence or foreign affairs would be significantly affected."
In March, a former equities research analyst, Trent Martin, was extradited from Hong Kong to New York to face charges of insider trading. He had been arrested in Hong Kong in December and has pleaded not guilty. prosecutor statements at the time. request for a prisoner transfer. In 2008, Hong Kong released without explanation an Iranian operative whom Washington had accused of trying to obtain embargoed airplane parts. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Uk officials.
"Probable cause won't be hard," McNabb said. "This guy came out and said, 'I did it.' His best defense would probably be that this is a political case instead of a criminal one." The treaty prohibits extradition for political cases.
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