How Edward Snowden could sidestep extradition

June 18, 2013 6:30 PM

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How Edward Snowden could sidestep extradition

(Editor's note: In this guest essay, former federal prosecutor Jacques Semmelman, now a partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, outlines the intricacies of extraditing whistleblower Edward Snowden.)

The case of Edward Snowden, the admitted NSA leaker, creates a dilemma for the U.S. government. Ordinarily, a person who commits a crime in the U.S. is formally charged with the crime or crimes committed. If the accused has fled the country, those charges form the basis of a request for extradition ...

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