Daily Talker: Do Other Countries Have The Obligation To Turn Fugitive Edward Snowden Over To The US?
Catch him if you can.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is on the move.
He’s the guy wanted by the US for telling all about the government’s super secret surveillance programs.
The US thought they had him cornered in China.
Hong Kong let him walk.
And the US isn’t happy.
The White House released a midnight statement ripping China — noting “such behavior is detrimental to U.S.-Hong Kong and U.S.-China bilateral relations”
Snowden in Russia now.
The White House is appealing to the Kremlin to turn him over saying “given our intensified cooperation after the Boston marathon bombings and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters — including returning numerous high level criminals back to Russia at the request of the Russian government — we expect the Russian Government to look at all options available to expel Mr. Snowden back to the U.S. to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged.”
Final destination appears to be Ecuador – which confirms it has an asylum request from Snowden.
Ecuador does have an extradition treaty with the US – but that doesn’t necessarily mean Snowden will be turned over.
Evidence? WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is staying at Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid prosecution.
Do other countries have the obligation to turn Snowden over to the US?