The U.S. government hasn't officially declared its intentions to extradite former CIA employee and PRISM leaker Edward Snowden back to the States, though that certainly doesn't mean it won't. Snowden is currently hiding out in Hong Kong, though where in that massive and complex city isn't clear.
Hong Kong isn't a great choice if you're trying to lay low and avoid extradition; it has an extradition law with the United States and is also, despite being technically a part of China, a staunch ally of the United States. The two governments obey a 1996 extradition treaty in which a US citizen residing in Hong Kong can be extradited if that person is suspected of violating both U.S. and Hong Kong law.
There are some exceptions; a fugitive can apply for asylum in Hong Kong to avoid extradition. The Hong Kong government looks kindly on asylum applications in which the applicant is likely to face torture or the death penalty in the US, or in which the crime is perceived as political. But that's unlikely. The only wild card is that Hong Kong is nominally under Chinese control, and the Chinese do have the authority to step in and prevent Snowden's extradition if they so desired. China has no extradition treaty with the United States; it's one of several, but one of only a few nations to lack a US extradition treaty with which the U.S. isn't openly at war. (Nobody would be surprised to learn that North Korea and Iran do not extradite to the US, either.)
Snowden, though, seems to know that Hong Kong isn't a U.S. refugee paradise. "People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice, I am here to reveal criminality," he said in a recent interview with the South China Morning Post. He did not say why he picked Hong Kong over, well, anywhere else.
That all said: perhaps the time will come when you want to flee your home nation and not come back. No judgments! I mean, maybe judgments, if you do something that hurts people, but in this hypothetical, let's just say you are a nonviolent violator of some American law Americans don't even like very much, and you have to beat it out of dodge. Here's where you should go instead.
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Funny isnt it? It used to be people fleeing the Chinese government and running to USA. Now its the reverse.
Its like looking into a horrifying parallel universe.
Just camp out in Antactica -- no one will bother you there it's too damn cold!
Freedom? What freedom? As Americans we can’t gamble, smoke pot, drink in the park, smoke cigarettes, have large drinks, see a prostitute, sell OUR body organs, fly with a pocket knife, go topless at the beach, lie to the Feds, have a private phone conservation, euthanize our dog, have a toy gun in public, buy blood sausage, walk around naked in our home, buy raw milk, buy absinthe, eat puffer fish, practice polygamy, buy a good Cuban cigar, buy French cheese…
There are at least 4,450 offenses in federal criminal law and Congress is creating about one per week.
@ezeques, your response puzzles me. I'm certainly a promoter of personal freedoms, but your list seems out of whack, which delegitimizes my own fringe beliefs.
1) Can’t gamble? Ever heard of Vegas?
2) Can't smoke pot? Ever heard of California?
3) Can't drink in the park? First, paper bag. Second, just stay home- we don't want to see you fall over a kid's bike in your drunken ramble and break it
4) Can't smoke cigarettes? Sure you can, just not for free or in my face
5) Can't have large drinks? just stay out of NYC
6) Can't see a prostitute? See #1
7) Can't sell OUR body organs? oh, whatever...
8) Can't fly with a pocket knife? Well, if you can get it off the ground, go for it. Sounds a little uncomfortable, especially if you fly with luggage.
9) Can't go topless at the beach? Depends on sex (m/f) and body shape. Regrettably, that is probably not enforced heavily enough (I've seen too many ambulating beach whales lately)
10)Can't lie to the Feds? Become a senator
11)Can't have a private phone conservation? trust me, nobody wants to hear what you say
12)Can't euthanize our dog? I did. Cried for 2 weeks.
13)Can't have a toy gun in public? Oh, grow up and get a concealed carry permit
14)Can't buy blood sausage? Ewww! Why would you WANT to?
15)Can't walk around naked in our home? YOUR home? Sure you can. MY home? Forget it
16)Can't buy raw milk? See #14
17)Can't buy absinthe? oh, just move to California and get a med-pot license
18)Can't eat puffer fish? I say, go for it. I'll even prepare it for you.
19)Can't practice polygamy? Oh, you can practice, you just can't be licensed as a professional
20)Can't buy a good Cuban cigar? Don't know the right people.
21)Can't buy French cheese? You should feel lucky. Buy American. Or at least Swiss.
Regarding the number of federal offenses on the books, I look at that as a full-employment program sponsored by the federal government on behalf of lawyers.
chuckgass...very much enjoyed your response....
Maybe where you should go, is back in time, so you can vote for Ron Paul... oh, wait, he's just "crazy".