Snowden's Brilliance? The Loophole in Hong Kong's Extradition LawSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:31
The NSA whistleblower could exploit a loophole in the Chinese territory's asylum system to buy himself some valuable time.
HONG KONG — There are many reasons why NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's decision to come to Hong Kong could be foolish.
Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the United States; its government is weak; its foreign policy is dictated by Beijing — no friend of free speech or internet freedom.
But there is at least one reason it could be incredibly shrewd: Hong Kong's asylum system is currently stuck in a state of limbo that could allow Snowden to exploit a loophole and buy some valuable time.