ANN ARBOR—As the extradition case involving National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden continues to become more convoluted, University of Michigan experts are available to share their perspectives. They include:
"All Edward Snowden has to do is walk up to any official in Sheremetyevo Airport and say, 'I'm a refugee, and if I'm sent home I'll be persecuted,' " Hathaway said. "After that, Russia's obligations take effect and they can't just send him, directly or indirectly, back to the United States. If Snowden chooses to make that argument, given the circumstances, it can't be immediately dismissed as being without substance."
"The polling data that we have to date suggests that more Americans support what Snowden did than oppose it, although the margins are variable and subject to question wording effects," Traugott said. "However, I expect public opinion to turn against him because of his recent behavior and the reporting of it."