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Edward Snowden Gone From Hong Kong Hotel, Whereabouts Unknown
LA Times ^ | 2 hours ago

Posted on 06/10/2013 12:45:15 PM PDT by drewh

BEIJING -- Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor identified as the source of leaks about the U.S. electronic surveillance program, apparently checked out of his Hong Kong hotel at midday Monday, his destination and whereabouts unknown.

"We know he was here until today," said Cosmo Beatson, a Hong Kong-based refugee activist who heads an organization called Vision First.

Beatson said Monday night it is possible that Snowden boarded a plane from Hong Kong -- since there is no warrant for his arrest -- or was smuggled onto one of the many illegal speedboats smuggling people and goods between mainland Chinese and Hong Kong. “He’s very mobile.”

Britain's Guardian newspaper videotaped an interview with Snowden at the Hong Kong hotel, and posted it on Sunday. Since then, Snowden may have discovered that Hong Kong’s unique geopolitics made it a poor choice for seeking asylum.

Unlike China, the semiautonomous territory of Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the United States that has been in place since January 1998. Although the treaty gives Beijing the right to veto an extradition on national security grounds, experts do not expect the Chinese government will want to confront Washington on Snowden’s behalf.

U.S. citizens can enter Hong Kong without a visa, but are usually given stays of only 90 days. After that, Snowden would face deportation or extradition.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hongkong; missing; nsaleak; prism; snowden

1 posted on 06/10/2013 12:45:15 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Lincoln bedroom, WH?


2 posted on 06/10/2013 12:45:47 PM PDT by South40
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To: drewh

This may get REALLY interesting REALLY fast.


3 posted on 06/10/2013 12:46:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: drewh

Obama drone strike in 3... 2... 1...


4 posted on 06/10/2013 12:47:13 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: drewh
Not likely a Chinese spy hiding out in Japan.

I read that suspicion today, a Chinese spy.

5 posted on 06/10/2013 12:48:25 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: drewh

I’m sure he was gone long before the interviews were published.


6 posted on 06/10/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if he has a Gene Hackman-type guy helping him like Will Smith did in Enemy of the State.


7 posted on 06/10/2013 12:49:44 PM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: drewh

Has anyone checked Ft. Marcy Park?


8 posted on 06/10/2013 12:49:57 PM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America shall survive this Obamanation.)
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To: South40
Lincoln bedroom, WH?

Is that where Obama stores the dead bodies ?

11 posted on 06/10/2013 12:55:15 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: drewh

He knows the game, and he knows the score. If he was smart, he should have been in his final destination under protection, before the first indicator leaked out. Then a carefully crafted false trail to send the forces on a wild goose chase for a while.

When the USG has got it in for you, it is relentless, and you don’t want to end up like Assange, cowering in an embassy as the USG slowly tightens the screws on that country until they turn you out.


12 posted on 06/10/2013 12:56:34 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: drewh

“Although the treaty gives Beijing the right to veto an extradition on national security grounds, experts do not expect the Chinese government will want to confront Washington on Snowden’s behalf.”

(Chuckling) Oh really! On what facts do they base this little bit of reporting? Seems more like a child’s wish than hard-headed analysis.


13 posted on 06/10/2013 12:57:30 PM PDT by Tallguy (Hunkered down in Pennsylvania)
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14 posted on 06/10/2013 12:57:40 PM PDT by drewh
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To: Ray76
I’m sure he was gone long before the interviews were published.

Agreed. He's probably in Bora Bora, Ecuador, or perhaps Nebraska or someplace.

15 posted on 06/10/2013 12:58:46 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: drewh

Is that off a milk carton?


16 posted on 06/10/2013 12:59:21 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: drewh

17 posted on 06/10/2013 12:59:34 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: South40
I'll vote if there is a leak, the leaker is there!
18 posted on 06/10/2013 1:00:30 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

He and Julian Assange and, if he avoids execution, Bradley Manning will all end up in Ecuador waging cyberwar against the US Government.


19 posted on 06/10/2013 1:02:12 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: drewh

The Resume of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden: Stunning (High school drop-out makes $200K year?)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3029345/posts


20 posted on 06/10/2013 1:02:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: drewh
As I understand it, Saddam Husseins old digs are available...



21 posted on 06/10/2013 1:04:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama lied, four men died, and he went to hide...)
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To: drewh
Destination Unknown
22 posted on 06/10/2013 1:05:47 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: drewh

Maybe they “disappeared” him.


23 posted on 06/10/2013 1:07:01 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: drewh

“......Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor .....apparently checked out of his Hong Kong hotel at midday Monday, his destination and whereabouts unknown....”
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Well, if he’s not in mainland China proper now, check Hong Kong harbor for a fresh “floater”.


24 posted on 06/10/2013 1:13:00 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides
That was my first thought as well, where was Eddie getting the money to stay at a luxury hotel in Hong Kong with posh room service?

A caller on Rush was theorizing that the Chi-coms were backing him...

25 posted on 06/10/2013 1:14:42 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

He had mentioned Iceland and I read later Iceland was trying to reach him to tell him to come there. He will be safe there evidently from deportation to the states.


26 posted on 06/10/2013 1:14:59 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: House Atreides

I was going to say, chumming the waters of Macao.
Probably no part bigger than a finger.


27 posted on 06/10/2013 1:18:23 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Marcella
He will be safe there evidently from deportation to the states.

And from drone strikes. But not from.....errr.....accidents.


28 posted on 06/10/2013 1:19:07 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: drewh
where was Eddie getting the money to stay at a luxury hotel in Hong Kong with posh room service?

Damn that hotwire.com is good!


29 posted on 06/10/2013 1:20:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: drewh

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/meet-edward-snowden-the-nsa-whistleblower/276688/

More stuff about him, including his political contributions to Ron Paul.


30 posted on 06/10/2013 1:22:29 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: drewh

It’s been reported that his salary was $200,000


31 posted on 06/10/2013 1:28:07 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Veto!

The New Yorker doesn’t like him. Their blog titled “Edward Snowden is No Hero, they call him “a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison. “

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/06/edward-snowden-nsa-leaker-is-no-hero.html

Interesting to see who is for and who’s against Snowden...apparently not following party lines.


32 posted on 06/10/2013 1:29:53 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: drewh

let’s hope the kid gave some thought to his own security before opening his mouth. The kid is in the big leagues now, and it should not come as a surprise that some would want his mouth shut......forever.... to warn others.


33 posted on 06/10/2013 1:35:20 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
“And from drone strikes. But not from.....errr.....accidents.”

Someone on a thread told me the CIA does not kill people, that they have rules they go by. That poster was naive. As you say, accidents can happen.

34 posted on 06/10/2013 1:37:13 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Veto!
"Interesting to see who is for and who’s against Snowden...apparently not following party lines."

Yes..isn't it. The constitution is being trashed by some crooks and all these people can think of is the old way of doing things they are accustom to based on outdated rules and oaths from the 80's. Bizarre.

What would these people do if we really had a corrupt regime in place (most believe that time is now)?...just exactly what they are doing now. Nothing.

People, we don't have any criteria for treason in this country anymore...please try to keep up.

35 posted on 06/10/2013 1:40:05 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: drewh

into the bowels of Communist China


36 posted on 06/10/2013 1:52:27 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

The Chi-Coms/North Koreans/Cubans/Venezuleas money is just as good as the West’s


37 posted on 06/10/2013 1:54:38 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Run, Snowden. Run!


38 posted on 06/10/2013 2:02:06 PM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

College is for suckers anymore. Why go in deep debt only to listen to the commie professors? Makes no sense....


39 posted on 06/10/2013 2:12:46 PM PDT by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: demkicker

I took a correspondence course, so to speak, tested out on almost everything. Cost me a small fraction of what most people pay. Employers didn’t seem to mind.


40 posted on 06/10/2013 2:19:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Veto!

Yet they adore PFC Bradley Manning and his Australian mentor.


41 posted on 06/10/2013 2:20:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: drewh

He was making $200 large in his contractor gig.


42 posted on 06/10/2013 2:22:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does not matter, college does not make someone smart. Watch the 12 minute interview he gave and you will see a highly articulate and extremely intelligent person. The government knows this and I expect him to end up in Gitmo soon; right or wrong.


43 posted on 06/10/2013 2:31:30 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am betting he was a drug addict who wasn’t in his right mind. They will find him two weeks from now in a hotel room with a needle still in his arm.


44 posted on 06/10/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Orange1998

So is this the last we hear from him? He gone?


45 posted on 06/10/2013 2:37:09 PM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: txhurl

That was I predict. He will not be heard from or seen again. Most will think he is hiding and living in fear. Reality he ends up in secret prison debriefed and discarded.

Thirty years ago Russia was seen as evil doers and spies would defect to America. What have we become.


46 posted on 06/10/2013 3:13:08 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: drewh

Maybe he was in Iceland all along


47 posted on 06/10/2013 4:25:11 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but profile patriots? /Newt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yet they adore PFC Bradley Manning and his Australian mentor.

Go figure.

48 posted on 06/10/2013 4:39:08 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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