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One of America’s top lawmakers has demanded the extradition of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower at the center of the US National Security Agency (NSA) internet data tapping scandal.

Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, said that no country should grant asylum to Snowden, who is believed to be holed up in a Hong Kong hotel.

Snowden reportedly traveled to Hong Kong in mid-May from where he revealed top-secret documents over the NSA’s covert Prism spy program. The whistleblower, an ex-CIA adviser, did not “expect to see home again,” according to an interview with The Guardian.

Although the Obama administration has been pushed on to the defensive by the revelations of the past few days, the White House has not officially commented.

King said: “If Edward Snowden did leak the NSA data as he claims, the United States government must prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date.

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