Where is Edward Snowden and what happens if he resurfaces?
The man who exposed top-level national security secrets left Hawaii for Hong Kong, and right now, his whereabouts are unknown. Edward Snowden is being called everything from a hero to a traitor. Two big questions remain, Where is he? And what happens if he resurfaces?
The home in Waipahu is Edward Snowden's last known U.S. address. A downtown Honolulu office housing Booz Allen Hamilton is the last place he worked. Snowden bailed on both and went into hiding in Hong Kong, just after leaking what he called top-secret information on government surveillance programs. He blew the whistle on programs containing phone and Internet data on everyday Americans.
"In general, leaks of sensitive classified information, they cause harm to our national security interest. They are a problem, a serious problem. and they're classified for a reason," said Jay Carney, White House press secretary.
The house Snowden was renting with his girlfriend on Eleu Street is now for sale. Snowden had to leave in May when the owners decided to sell it. The realtor says law enforcement stopped by Wednesday looking for him. He has already fled to Hong Kong.
"The U.S. has an extradition agreement with Hong Kong, it is called the agreement between the government of the United States and the government of Hong Kong for the surrender of fugitive offenders," said Jen Psaki, Washington State Dept. spokesperson.
Now, the hunt is on to find Snowden. An FBI agent was spotted leaving Snowden's father's house in Pennsylvania. His mother kept quiet as cameras caught her walking out of her house in Maryland.
Colleen Rowley, who testified that the FBI had mishandled 9/11 warnings, says Snowden will have a rough future.
"Isn't it sad that we have to have an American person of conscious truth teller flee to a foreign country to reveal unconstitutional actions on the part of the government? That's an incredible statement itself," said Rowley.
Snowden told the Guardian he hopes to seek asylum in Iceland. There are also questions about the whereabouts of his girlfriend. CNN reports that she's back on the mainland but other outlets report that she might still be here in Hawaii.
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