U.S. media reported informed source showed that that the U.S. government lawyers have confirmed 36 crimes of Snowdon, including the crime of leaking government secrets. U.S. government lawyers and lawyers with the HKSAR Government are already in contact. In the presence of the United States and Hong Kong extradition agreement, if Snowden is extradited back to the U.S., he is likely to face a very severe penalty.
Though the extradition agreement exists between Hong Kong and the U.S., but the section 6 “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” regulates that in case the offenders are involved in crimes with a political nature, regardless of what crime, those involved should not be extradited.
According to Hong Kong “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” Section 24 (3), if the central government of China identified that the event would affect diplomatic or national defense interests, the central government has the final decision. As mentioned earlier, major security incidents exposed by Snowdon have involved China and its diplomatic interests, thus the Chinese government’s attitude may probably determine the fate of Snowdon.
Source: Tencent Military