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A pause for concern are -- -- ties to WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange WikiLeaks is reportedly helping me and they say -- secure asylum in Iceland.
But the new charges that may put the brakes on that -- -- joining us now with some insights and reaction.
To all this author of the coming collapse of China and East Asia expert Gordon Chang Gordon welcome nice to have you here.
Let's talk for mum about what's at play right now -- got Icelandic businessman there with the jet ready to take.
-- if he's ready to travel to Iceland to secure asylum what impact could this have on his future.
Well I think what's going on here is that Julian Assange has been working very hard to not -- arranged this plane to get Snowden from Hong Kong -- to Iceland.
But also he's been working to get to us citizenship in Iceland for -- and of course asylum.
And the reason why -- would do this of course is because he wants those documents to put on the WikiLeaks site.
We know that Snowdon has tried to get in touch with songs through an intermediary which means it's no one wants to but these documents up on the site.
And this is going to be unparalleled.
Event if that occurs so clearly the United States has -- real opportunity now and perhaps a very limited one to get him to stop him from going -- we -- We've got -- she cast of characters here because certainly we got Julian Assange who is holed up.
At Ecuadorean embassy in London right where he is staying because he has been charged with sexual assault he's trying to avoid having to go back.
To his home country of Sweden.
And out you've got snowed in here who somewhere in Hong Kong.
Looking to be aided by a science and also perhaps take off to Iceland with us on just help.
-- and that they hear that is really concern is that this Icelandic businessmen.
All the forwards six sinker -- Has really lied about who's paying through his plane there's a south China morning post story which is owned newspaper in Hong Kong.
Which talks about how this this businessman has not been truthful about where the money is come from for this play.
So you know the question is who's paying for the get -- jet.
What about the fact that China has a big role to play in all of this if China decides to weigh in on this and keep.
Snowed in there doesn't that benefit China and a big -- in their interest to keep him -- in Hong Kong and not to leave at all.
Well yes and you know if we do file an extradition request it means that -- is taken into custody.
Not only is -- taken into custody but also his infamous -- driving -- for laptops.
Hong Kong police are gonna see those they're gonna share them with Chinese intelligence.
And I think that maybe some of this delay in actually filing an extradition request is because we were concerned about the Chinese in the laptop.
But you know the Chinese getting it is not as bad as we -- getting it.
So you know they're very well may be a calculation in the United States that look we've lost this information we just do not want to become public worldwide.
So if he does go to Iceland there's nothing the United States can do in terms of taking drastic measures to get him out of that country.
It would be very difficult because we do have an extradition treaty with Iceland.
But in the history of this agreement there has been no American city citizen who is being extradited by Iceland.
So you know -- is probably not going to be the first especially if Assange has worked this out with the -- with the Icelandic government.
You know this Texas story very well what are your expectations though in what transpires over the next several days.
Well I think that certainly China gets all the information that -- has one way or another it may take longer than a couple days but that's going to recur.
I'm really concerned about that of course because -- very well may have been working for them in the in the first instance but even if he isn't.
We know that that information is going to end up in Beijing sooner or later indeed all right Gordon Chang always great to have you with your expertise appreciate it very much thank you.
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