Are Ed Snowden's presumed crimes subject to a statute of limitations? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Edward Snowden faces three felonies, according to a Criminal Complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia:
U.S.C. 641 Theft of Governement Property
U.S.C. 793(d) Unauthorized Communication of National Defense Information
U.S.C. 798(A)(3) Willful Communication of Classified Communications Intelligence Information to an Unauthorized Person
The last two charges were brought under the 1917 Espionage Act.
Statutes of limitation generally require the criminal to remain in the state, be gainfully employed and visible, seeming to necessitate that the criminal remain "catchable." Given Snowden’s flight to avoid prosecution, statutes of limitation no longer apply.