Mr. Snowden is an international fugitive wanted by the U.S. for prosecution in a U.S. federal court.
I am occasionally asked by the media what country Mr. Snowden should go to so as to avoid U.S. extradition. My reply is that I can’t answer the question because as an attorney and officer of the court I am prevented from assisting one in evading the judicial process. I can’t and don’t offer pre-travel advice. It would be unethical and illegal to do otherwise.
I do not represent Mr. Snowden nor have I ever spoken with him or his advisors. I have certainly commented on his case as an outside observer.
Mr. Snowden is a U.S. citizen and charged with U.S. crimes. The 6th amendment guarantees Mr. Snowden the right to U.S. counsel. As an outside observer, in my view, Mr. Snowden would be wise to engage U.S. counsel, in addition to foreign counsel for the country in which Mr. Snowden is present. He needs to be advised of his U.S. rights. Further, Mr. Snowden could rely on U.S. counsel as a “medium” between the U.S. government and himself.
To be clear, I am not advancing that Mr. Snowden engage our firm to represent him. That is not my purpose. Mr. Snowden is a U.S. fugitive from U.S. justice and should consider returning immediately to the U.S. But to help him make a proper decision, as to whether to do so or not, Mr. Snowden needs to engage U.S. counsel … like yesterday.
Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
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