From the Washington Post:
“Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.
The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction where Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is headquartered, and a district with a long track record in prosecuting cases with national security implications.“
This wasn’t unexpected. What’s a bit surprising is that the government has been able to assemble a case this quickly. It would be interesting to see the actual complaint, and what exactly the government is alleging.
The article goes on to state that if/when he is apprehended in Hong Kong, there will be a lengthy deportation process that’s expected to take many months. And when he does return to the US, it may be years before he gets a trial.
The big question is whether Snowden will be able to flee to Iceland before he’s caught by the Hong Kong authorities. If this report is true, it’s hard to see him hopping on a plane and flying safely away. One would assume that Snowden has a plan for this, right? I mean, you don’t leak government secrets and flee the country without a good escape plan. That’s just common sense.
Or maybe his goose is cooked.