US Hypocrisy Exposed: Has A Long History Of Rejecting Extradition Requests
from the dear-obama:-get-over-yourself dept
We’ve already discussed the general immaturity and petty nature of President Obama’s decision to cancel his planned summit with Vladimir Putin over granting Ed Snowden asylum. Glenn Greenwald is now pointing out that beyond just being petty, it also shows astounding hypocrisy by the Obama administration. Various members of the administration (along with Congress) have been acting like it’s the worst offense in the world that Russia — with whom we do not have an extradition treaty — turned down the request for extradition. Yet, as Greenwald highlights, the US quite frequently turns down these requests, and they don’t turn into massive international incidents that top the headlines like this story.
Washington Post, July 19, 2013: The Guardian, September 9, 2012: [US refuses Bolivia’s request to extradite its former CIA-supported president, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, to stand trial on charges of genocide and other war crimes after de Lozada hires Democratic lobbyists to represent him]
The US constantly refuses requests to extradite – even where (unlike Russia) they have an extradition treaty with the requesting country and even where (unlike Snowden) the request involves actual, serious crimes, such as genocide, kidnapping, and terrorism. Maybe those facts should be part of whatever media commentary there is on Putin’s refusal to extradite Snowden and Obama’s rather extreme reaction to it.
There may, in fact, be legitimate reasons for refusing extradition requests. But for the US government to act like Russia’s decision to give Snowden temporary asylum is some major slap in the face just seems pretty ridiculous in the face of its own actions.