Snowden can't be extradited from Hong Kong for disclosing classified information
Nice little tidbit from the LA Times:
The United States and Hong Kong, a self-ruled part of China, signed a bilateral extradition treaty that took effect in 1998, a year after Britain handed over control of its former colony. Under the treaty, espionage or disclosing classified information aren’t extraditable offenses.
The treaty allows extradition for vaguely defined “computer crimes.” But it also allows Hong Kong to refuse to extradite someone “where there is a political motivation for the offense,” and Hong Kong authorities could decide that Snowden’s disclosures constitute a political statement against U.S. surveillance programs.
The Justice Department’s office of international affairs, which includes lawyers who are experts on U.S. extradition treaties, is probably advising prosecutors on what charges would be recognized as valid under the treaty.
“It’s their job to figure out what charge is most likely to be favorably recognized by the court in Hong Kong,” [Jason Weinstein, a former deputy assistant attorney general,] said.
So, looks like there's method to Snowden's Hong Kong madness.
I wonder how he searched for that without leaving a trail?