Edward Snowden Faces Strong Extradition Treaty If He Remains In Hong Kong

Source: Jia Lynn Yang / The Washington Post

HONG KONG — Out of all the places Edward Snowden could have chosen to hide, he selected this city, with its towering buildings, glittering nightscape and reputation for protecting free speech.

But some in Hong Kong aren’t sure what the man who has admitted leaking information about a top-secret U.S. surveillance program is doing in this semi-autonomous jurisdiction, which has a strong extradition treaty with the United States.

“Hong Kong is definitely not a safe harbor for him,” said Regina Ip, a current legislator and chair of the New People’s Party.

The U.S Department of Justice has said it is in the first stages of investigating the unauthorized disclosure of classified information about the surveillance programs, and some U.S. lawmakers are calling for Snowden, the self-declared source of the leak, to be prosecuted.

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