The United States and Hong Kong have an extradition treaty, but the treaty makes exceptions for political offenses.
“If Edward Snowden did in fact leak the NSA data as he claims, the United States government must prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date,” said Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, in The Guardian, a British paper. “The United States must make it clear that no country should be granting this individual asylum. This is a matter of extraordinary consequence to American intelligence.”
“As a whistleblower myself, this is one of the most significant leakers in my lifetime and in U.S. history,” said Jesselyn Radack, a former Justice Department attorney who represents whistleblowers, in a Reuters report.