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Did US flub Snowden extradition request? Hong Kong cites legal problems, Russia cites neutral zone

Jun 24, 2013, 12:15 pm CDT


Wonderful how the world supports the US at every turn now that the terrible Bush is gone. "We are the ones we have been waiting for . . ."

By Marc on 2013 06 24, 5:03 pm CDT

If only it were so, Unfortunately, the US will be feeling the fallout from the Bush years for many years to come.

By Johnny Yuma on 2013 06 24, 11:22 pm CDT

The fallout from the Bush years will be a distant memory by the time we are past the fallout from the Obama disaster, if we ever do get past it.

By Marc on 2013 06 24, 11:50 pm CDT

Eric Holder has not got anything right since he got to DC. Would not surprise me one bit if he screwed this one up too.

By tim17 on 2013 06 25, 1:18 am CDT

Unless you read the extradition treaty, how will you know if Hong Kong violated it. It would be a singular document between the US and Hong Kong. It also sounds as if the US was still preparing an official extradition request. There may have been a time element that was not complied with. They may have had to release him if the documents were not received within a specified period of time.

There also should be some mechanism by which the party to be extradited could contest the extradition. That would be part of the proceedure. We don't know if Snowden legally contested the request and there was a window when Hong Kong could no longer hold him. We tend to think that we are the only coutry that follows sovereign law.

I'm only speculating, but as usual - I don't think we have all the information.

By beth curtis on 2013 06 25, 1:46 am CDT

I love it. A perfect explanation from the Russian human rights ombudsman. How can we be against human rights in Russia, after demanding them for so many years?

By B. McLeod on 2013 06 25, 5:49 am CDT


It just kills you to see America recovering from the disaster of the Bush years that you and your kind fully enabled.

By Johnny Yuma on 2013 06 25, 6:14 pm CDT

Hong Kong is not a sovereign nation and therefore it cannot be a party to any treaty such as an extradition agreement.

Is Hong Kong a member of of U.N. and does it have embassies? Hong Kong is a colony of sorts governed by the PRC. Nobody here has mentioned the role of China, yet.

By D. Chanin on 2013 06 26, 12:23 am CDT

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