【英语中国】香港解释斯诺登离港原因 美国不以为然

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2013-6-27 18:14

小艾摘要: If Edward Snowden’s flight from U.S. justice can be blamed on a mixup over his middle name, the Justice Department doesn’t buy it.U.S. officials rejected suggestions by Hong Kong authorities that pa ...
If Edward Snowden’s flight from U.S. justice can be blamed on a mixup over his middle name, the Justice Department doesn’t buy it.

U.S. officials rejected suggestions by Hong Kong authorities that part of the problem in the U.S. request for his provisional arrest was that U.S. documents incorrectly listed his middle name. Since Mr. Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked secret documents, left Hong Kong on Sunday for Russia, U.S. officials have tersely, but obliquely, questioned whether other issues, namely influence from Beijing, were to blame, and not Hong Kong’s claim of technical problems with the U.S. request.

They scoffed at the middle name mixup. The initial provisional arrest warrant request only listed his name as Edward J Snowden, a senior U.S. law enforcement said.

“Is this the best they got?” the senior U.S. law enforcement official said.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Mr. Snowden’s photo and videos were widely disseminated in the media. And when Hong Kong officials called the Justice Department to notify that he had left their territory, there was no doubt of his identity, the spokeswoman said.

“That Hong Kong would ask for more information about his identity demonstrates that it was simply trying to create a pretext for not acting on the provisional arrest request,” the spokeswoman said.

“From a legal perspective, the statement that more evidence or a passport number was needed for provisional arrest is inaccurate. Under the terms of the treaty, we were not required to provide a passport number. The treaty requires: (a) a description of the person; (b) an indication that a surrender request will follow; (c) a statement of the applicable crimes/punishments; (d) and a description of the facts. All of that was provided to Hong Kong.”

Reuters北京一家新闻网站上的斯诺登照片
如果说斯诺登(Edward Snowden)未能被美国绳之以法的原因是他的中间名被搞错了,美国司法部是不会信服的。

香港有关部门说,美国要求临时逮捕斯诺登的文件存在一个问题,那就是他的中间名被搞错了,这是斯诺登得以离开香港的原因。美国官员并不接受这种说法。自从斯诺登周日离开香港飞往俄罗斯之后,美方官员已经简要但间接地提出质疑,是否有北京方面的影响等其它因素在起作用,而不应归咎于香港所称美国的请求存在技术问题。斯诺登是前美国国家安全局(NSA)承包商雇员,就是他泄露了美国的保密文件。

美国官员对中间名被弄错的解释嗤之以鼻。美国执法部门一名高级官员说,最初发出的临时逮捕令请求中载明的姓名就是爱德华•J•斯诺登(Edward J. Snowden)。

美国这名高级执法官员说,难道他们就只能拿出这么蹩脚的解释吗?

美国司法部一名发言人说,斯诺登的照片和视频已经在媒体上广泛传播。这名发言人说,在香港官员致电美国司法部,通知斯诺登已经离开香港的时候,他们对他的身份已经完全不存在疑问了。

这名发言人说,香港要求得到有关他的身份的更多信息,这无非是在试图为不针对临时逮捕请求采取行动制造借口。

她说,从法律角度来看,他们声称需要更多证据或是护照号才能采取临时抓捕行动,这是不准确的。按照双方条约的规定,我们不需要提供护照号。条约要求的是:(a)对此人的描述;(b)表明随后即将发出引渡请求;(c)说明适用的控罪/刑罚;(d)对事实的描述。前述这些信息都已经提交给了香港。

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