"The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the "means and source of payment," including banking records and credit cards. It seeks all of that information for the period beginning November 1, 2009, through the present"
This is why the "protecting the country from terrorists" rhetoric is bullshit and should be ignored. They'll sweep up anything from anyone who has any success in opposing or embarrassing them. That's why this cannot be allowed to happen in secret. Once they have your entire life, it doesn't matter who you are, they'll find something. If not, they'll harass you for years.
While only five people were individually named, according to lawyer Mark Stephens the order effectively entailed the collection in relation to criminal prosecution of the personal identifying information of over six hundred thousand Twitter users, namely those who were "followers" of WikiLeaks.
They claim this type of activity is only for specific, targeted individuals, but apparently to them, that means things like "anyone following @wikileaks on twitter".
Or some country wants a political favor from the current US president so they turn him over.
Very brave dude but his life is just about as over as Bradley Manning.
Do you think federal agents of some flavor would pass up the arrest? I think they'd do it no matter what, and then a judge will give them a stern talking to and uphold the arrest. At best the guy would be in prison for years pre-trial, possibly convicted and prison, and then when his useful life is over he'll win a Supreme Court challenge. Chilling effect served.
If this wasn't a priori the best theory, surely the HK part adds some Bayesian weight.
Not to say that it isn't true, but at this point a whole wide range of things could be.
Next would probably be the middle east or Korea.
Edit: Maybe he left Hong Kong after the interview but before they published it?
Iceland cannot make guarantees either. Also, I suspect that booking a flight would raise a lot of suspicion. Spies spy on spies -- people like Snowden are just as likely, if not more likely, to be watched, than your typical civilian.
THis is amazing.
A hit on Snowden in Hong Kong would be an immense international diplomatic incident. A hit on him in Iceland would be a flash in the pan (what's Iceland going to do about it?). My hunch is that he's banking on diplomatic tensions between China and the US to shield him.
Hong Kong puts him under China's diplomatic shield without necessarily directly exposing him to the PRC's equivalent of the NSA, who I'm sure are eager to get their hands on him.
Maybe I'm just jaded, but "clicktivism" seems like it's just about the least valuable way you could possibly make a political statement.
In fact, given how widespread the American influence is, I can't think of a safe country for him. Apart from Ecuadorian embassy-like hideouts.