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NSC: US asks Hong Kong for Snowden's return

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Updated: 6/22/2013 11:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Security Council says U.S. officials have contacted authorities in Hong Kong for the extradition of Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who says he leaked highly classified documents about two surveillance programs.

An NSC spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, confirmed comments that National Security Agency director Tom Donilon made to CBS that the request was made to Hong Kong authorities based on the criminal complaint against Snowden. The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia on June 14 and unsealed Friday.

The 30-year-old Snowden is charged with unauthorized communication of national defense information, willful communication of classified communications intelligence information under the Espionage Act and theft of government property. Each crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on conviction.

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nativejax - 6/23/2013 7:45 PM
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I hope Russia keeps him, and grants him assylum, he will only be used a 'smokescreen' while Obama carries out more criminal acts against American citizens. He will not get a fair chance to defend himself here. WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING ALL OVER THIS WORLD THAT IS IN OUR NAME. THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO US, NOT A CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION THAT IS FILLED WITH CROOKED POLITICIANS.

nativejax - 6/22/2013 11:58 PM
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I hope China keeps him. Snowden has already been prosecuted and condemned by his own government for exposing SOME of crimes they doing without our knowledge or permission.... Now he is just 'SMOKESCREEN' to make sure we American's focus our eyes AWAY from all the other CORRUPTION they are still getting away with behind OUR WHITEHOUSE doors. RUN SNOWDEN RUN
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