Iceland might be an uphill battle for Snowden. Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir writes:
When it was brought to my attention that Snowden was looking to Iceland for political asylum, I offered to help figure out the legal options for such a request.
These are my findings: Snowden should not come to Iceland unless he will request and be granted citizenship by the Icelandic Parliament. Citizenship is the only legal protection that will shelter him from any demands of extradition to the USA. The ideal situation would be for Snowden to be granted a Icelandic passport as was the case with Bobby Fischer.
Seeking political asylum is a process that can take long time, and there are no guarantees granted against extradition while the process is ongoing. However since Snowden faces possible death sentence his case is stronger, for it is illegal to extradite a person who faces death sentence from Iceland. It is important to note that Iceland has a terrible track record when it comes to granting political asylum to people seeking shelter, as it is hardly never granted and thus a too dangerous path to be recommended for Snowden.
“Iceland might be an uphill battle for Snowden. Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir writes:”
I did not know that the Icelandic PM had made that statement.
The main thrust of what I was trying to say is that if the U.S.A. had wanted Fischer they would have captured him one way or another. They did not want to capture Fischer.
I do not believe that they actually want Snowden, either. Capturing him would open up a can of worms for the government. It would be almost impossible for the government to prosecute Snowden without exposing even more ‘illegal’ actions by said government.