Where can an American go to avoid being extradited back to the US?
Edward Snowden, the contractor identified as the source of leaks about the US electronic surveillance program, may face extradition to the US wherever he goes. Here are six places that have proven that extradition to the US isn't easy.
3. Hong Kong
If Snowden chooses to ask for political asylum, says Professor [Simon] Young, head of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at Hong Kong University, “he is going nowhere” in the foreseeable future. A recent appeals court ruling, he explains, means that “the government cannot return anyone who claims that he will be persecuted” in the country he came from.
Though technically under the sovereignty of China, Hong Kong is still quite autonomous, and according to Article 6 of the extradition treaty it signed with the US in 1996, fugitives will not be extradited if the crimes they are accused of are political. If Snowden plays the political dissident card right, he may be able to call Hong Kong his new home.