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U.S. to Hong Kong: Don't delay Snowden extradition

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A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, at a shopping mall Saturday in Hong Kong.

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The Obama administration on Saturday sharply warned Hong Kong against slow-walking the extradition of Edward Snowden, reflecting concerns over a prolonged legal battle before the government contractor ever appears in a U.S. courtroom to answer espionage charges for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs. A formal extradition request to bring Snowden to the United States from Hong Kong could drag through appeal courts for years.
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