Diplomacy and the Edward Snowden Case

Diplomacy and the Edward Snowden Case

NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains holed up in Moscow International Airport, weighing offers of asylum from several countries. We explore the diplomatic and legal issues around the case.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden gave his first public statement in weeks from the Moscow International Airport, where he remains out of reach from U.S. authorities. He has asked Russia for asylum, and is weighing asylum offers from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia. Some say legal issues may matter less in this case than diplomatic ones. We explore the growing tension between the U.S. and the countries offering Snowden refuge, as well as issues around Snowden's legal status.

Guests

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue; and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

Stephen Vladeck

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Scholarship, American University Washington College of Law

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