Transcript for Will NSA Whistleblower Find Asylum?
Let's get more on the fallout from jon karl. Our legal analyst dan abrams and, jon, let me begin with you. Over the weekend the director of national intelligence, the intelligence chairs on "this week" yesterday making clear just how serious this leak is. Reporter: Oh, absolutely and you heard from the top intelligence official in the government, james clapper saying that this has done grave damage to our intelligence capability so make no mistake, george, if snowden did what he says he has done here, top officials view him not as a hero but as a criminal. You can expect them to seek extradition. You can expect them to fully prosecute this. Right now the justice department saying only that they've opened the investigation but they view this with utmost seriousness. Dan, the only question really now is how -- what kind of charges they'll throw at snowden and whether he can find asylum somewhere. That's right. The first question is what do they charge him with? They'll throw the book at him. The question is how heavy is that book? And that's going to be the issue that the government is going to have to decide here. Number two, and connected to that is, how do they get him here for trial? And if he stays in hong kong, you know, there are real questions. Now, there's no question hong kong has an extradition treaty with the united states but when matters become political there are specific exceptions and the question is going to be does the government of hong kong and china maybe more importantly view this as the kind of case where they want to draw the line and say, you know what, we're going to battle on this one and we're not going to extradite him. It would seem as of now that snowden is making that bet. That would be a real rift in the u.S./China relationship. Okay, dan, thanks very much.
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