The Hong Kong government refused to honor the U.S. government’s request to extradite Edward Snowden. Why? We don’t know.
Think of Snowden as “Chinese take-out.” They let him depart for Russia.
But the Hong Kong government wants to justify itself. So, it cooked up a great excuse: bad paperwork by the U.S. government. The U.S. authorities got Snowden’s middle name wrong.
The U.S. government has not denied that it got the middle name wrong. It says that it complied with the terms of the extradition treaty. It’s “he said-she said” on an international scale.
Think about this. The U.S. government, backed by the massive spy network that Snowden revealed, could not get his name right. This is typical. The computers sweep everything into their data bases, but when it comes to taking action, it’s the Keystone Kops.
The issue was political. The justification is bureaucratic. Bureaucracy usually trumps politics. “We do things properly around here.” That is the brick wall — call it the Great Wall of Hong Kong.