Transcript for NSA Whistleblower Leaking Information Amid Federal Charges
Now to the fire storm over whistleblower edward snowden who revealed the sweeping surveillance in the u.S. Tonight snowden leaking new secrets, the former nsa analyst talking to a major asian newspaper a day after he spent his 30th birthday learning what crimes the u.S. Government is now charging him with. Abc's gloria riviera is in hong kong. Reporter: Reporter: Snowed sn reported to be safe in a secret location, not under police protection here in hong kong. Snowden also makes new claims that the u.S. Hacked chinese telecom companies and a major university. But the question remains, why is snowden free, if the u.S. Wants him in custody? He has to be arrested here before formal extradition begins. The three charges he is facing in the u.S. Carry a maximum sentence of 10 years each behind bars. He can still seek asylum and the appeals process could lead all the way to the high court in hong kong. And that could take years. Some claimants are known to have resided in hong kong for ten years, fighting the proceedings. Reporter: Hong kong operates under its own legal system. But the chinese government in beijing maintains a degree of authority and could intervene behind the scenes or more publicly. It also depends on what more mr. Snowden has to say. What more secrets he would spill about the u.S. System. Reporter: The white house has said it expects hong kong will abide by expedition treaty law, for now the world is waiting to see how much longer snowden can keep u.S. Justice at bay. David.
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