June 22, 2013 |
BEIJING -- The case of Edward Snowden, who is accused of criminal theft of government property and other charges in the U.S., has galvanized civic groups in Hong Kong where the self-proclaimed leaker has been holed up for weeks. Many in Hong Kong regard the decision of whether to extradite Snowden as a test of the city's autonomy vis-à-vis Beijing. The territory of 7 million residents has its own legal system apart from the mainland's. Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said Saturday during a brief news conference that the matter would be handled according to law. He refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police “safe house.” After initially spending time in a Hong Kong hotel, Snowden reportedly moved to a private residence.
June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint charging self-proclaimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden with two violations of the Espionage Act and the theft of government property, the first step in a process they hope will bring him back to this country to face trial. The charges filed under the Espionage Act were unauthorized communication of national defense information and providing U.S. classified intelligence to an unauthorized person. The complaint was filed under seal June 14 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., and made public Friday evening by government officials.
June 17, 2013 |
LONDON -- Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, is prepared to stay holed up inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London for as long as five years if necessary in order to avoid extradition to Sweden to face what he says are politically motivated allegations of sexual assault, the Ecuadorean foreign minister said Monday. Assange is accused of sexually assaulting two women on separate occasions in Stockholm in August 2010. He was arrested in London in December of that year, which began a series of legal appeals by his attorneys to block his extradition to Sweden.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Experts said the Justice Department faces challenges in bringing criminal charges against self-proclaimed leaker Edward Snowden but probably was moving as quickly as possible to take the 29-year-old former National Security Agency contractor into custody before he spills additional intelligence secrets. “He's a walking treasure trove, potentially, of additional leaks of classified information,” said David Laufman, a Washington lawyer who has previously prosecuted national security cases.
June 12, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Edward Snowden, who says he leaked National Security Agency secrets, told Hong Kong media Wednesday that he intended to remain in the self-ruled Chinese territory and fight extradition to the United States. "I have had many opportunities to flee Hong Kong, but I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong's rule of law,” Snowden told the South China Morning Post in an interview. “My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate.
May 24, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was extradited Friday from his home country to the United States, where he faces long-standing charges that he used U.S. banks to launder millions of dollars in public funds that he allegedly embezzled while in office, according to U.S. officials and court documents. Portillo, 61, served as president from 2000 to 2004, when he is accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars, essentially "converting the office ... into his personal ATM," according to Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney in New York.
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April 11, 2013 |
A governor's warrant has been signed to extradite the man suspected in a fatal shooting and subsequent crash on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said. Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison confirmed the governor's warrant had been received, clearing the way for Ammar Harris to be returned to Nevada authorities. Harris, 27, was arrested in a Studio City apartment complex a week after the Feb. 21 shooting. His public defender requested the governor's warrant when Harris refused to waive his extradition rights at a March hearing.
March 27, 2013 |
LONDON -- The British government Wednesday lost another bid to deport a radical Muslim preacher to face trial in Jordan when a court of appeals rejected a request to reconsider an earlier court decision. After more than a decade of judgments and appeals in British and European courts, cleric Abu Qatada has won several legal battles against deportation. “This is not the end of the road, and the government remains determined to deport Abu Qatada,” said a Home Office spokesperson after the judgment.
March 7, 2013 |
The man who surrendered to police in connection with a weekend hit-and-run accident that left an Orthodox Jewish family dead has waived extradition from Pennsylvania and will be heading back to New York to face charges, officials said on Thursday. Julio Acevedo, 44, agreed to be returned to Brooklyn after about a 10-minute hearing before Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Banach, her spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times by telephone. Acevedo was returned to the county jail to await transportation back to New York City, according to a Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.
January 25, 2013 |
It seems a movie script about WikiLeaks has been leaked to the founder of the site himself. In a speech posted to the Web on Friday, Julian Assange said he had obtained the script for “The Fifth Estate,” an upcoming DreamWorks film that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and Daniel Bruhl as former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The film, which set to be released in the U.S. on Nov. 15 through Disney's Touchstone label, began principal photography last week in Iceland and is filming this week in Berlin.