I hear there is a job opening that pays well in Hawaii...
The US has done this before when suspected murderers have fled into Canada. I wouldn't be surprised if they are trying it now.Regarding Snowden (NSA whistleblower), though, the charges do not, at the moment, include treason. Keep in mind that treason has the possibility of the death penalty, though, and many countries have extradition treaties with the US which allow refusal in cases where capital punishment is a possibility. They could be holding back on the charges to make extradition less problematic.
"He is charged with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence."
He revealed it so the government couldn't hide him away or kill him without it becoming publicly known, regardless of the reasons he said he revealed it.Remember when Snowden said he revealed his identity so the spotlight wouldn't be on him, and instead would be on the stuff he leaked?
No shit.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he didn't know the details of the allegations, but tried to downplay them, maintaining that many nations undertake various activities to protect their national interests. He failed to quell the outrage from allies, including France, Germany and Italy.
To be clear, the fact that secrecy has long been seen as being in the public interest does not give officials carte blanche to do as they like. Secrecy needs to be balanced against important civil liberties.
The central question is: Who should do the balancing? The reason the Constitution entrusts the business of balancing values to the three branches is because the officials in charge are chosen by the people and are in a position to check each other, especially with respect to secret policies or operations that it would be self-defeating to make public.
So when an individual decides to short-circuit or circumvent this careful arrangement, he must only do so when there is reason to believe that representatives from all three branches have allowed grave wrongdoing to go unchecked. Otherwise, an unauthorized disclosure is nothing more than an effort to impose one's own narrow political view on one's fellow citizens.