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NSA leaker Snowden says he's not avoiding justice

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:09 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2013


HONG KONG » The former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs said in a new interview in Hong Kong on Wednesday (Tuesday in Hawaii) that he is not attempting to hide from justice here but hopes to use the city as a base to reveal wrongdoing.

Edward Snowden dropped out of sight after checking out of a Hong Kong hotel on Monday. The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was able to locate and interview him on Wednesday. It provided brief excerpts from the interview on its website.

It said Snowden, who has been both praised and condemned for releasing documents about U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance programs, said he was "neither a traitor nor hero. I'm an American."

Asked about his choice of Hong Kong to leak the information, Snowden said, "People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality."

The newspaper quoted him as saying that he had several opportunities to flee from Hong Kong, but that he "would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong's rule of law."

"My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate," he said.

Snowden said he plans to stay in the city until he is "asked to leave," the newspaper said.

Snowden, 29, arrived in Hong Kong from his home in Hawaii on May 20, just after taking leave from his National Security Agency contracting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which has since fired him. Questions remain about why Snowden chose to go public in Hong Kong, a Chinese autonomous region that maintains a Western-style legal system and freedom of speech.

Hong Kong has an extradition agreement with the United States, but there are exceptions in cases of political persecution or where there are concerns over cruel or humiliating treatment.

U.S. authorities have yet to bring charges against Snowden or file an extradition request with Hong Kong.

Supporters of Snowden have organized a march on Saturday that will pass in front of the U.S. Consulate.

"We call on Hong Kong to respect international legal standards and procedures relating to the protection of Snowden; we condemn the U.S. government for violating our rights and privacy; and we call on the U.S. not to prosecute Snowden," the organizers said in a statement.






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allie wrote:
He is no hero. He is a selfish, shallow irresponsible person. And yes, he is avoiding justice.
on June 12,2013 | 06:21AM
HD36 wrote:
He gave up a high paying cushy job to warn the people of what he and many others deem as morally wrong behavior in violation of the Constitution.
on June 12,2013 | 07:48AM
pechanga wrote:
Agree
on June 12,2013 | 07:52AM
busterb wrote:
Drone time! Hong Kong folks love fireworks.
on June 12,2013 | 03:04PM
kaupani wrote:
Curious how one could see his acts as selfish. More like selfless. What makes him shallow?
on June 12,2013 | 09:00AM
loquaciousone wrote:
He forgot plan B.
on June 12,2013 | 09:12AM
aomohoa wrote:
He has giving up a good life to bring awareness to this issue.
on June 12,2013 | 10:20AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Yes but he forgot about plan B. You know like painting yourself into a corner. Now he's got to wait until the paint dries.
on June 12,2013 | 12:08PM
busterb wrote:
Das why you go college... always need the Plan B PRIOR to ending of Plan A.
on June 12,2013 | 03:05PM
honopic wrote:
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on June 12,2013 | 01:11PM
atilter wrote:
as in NOT VERY DEEP??!! hmmmmm... would "baseless" be closely related??
on June 12,2013 | 05:28PM
bully106 wrote:
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on June 12,2013 | 09:39AM
Fred01 wrote:
You are a traitor to your constitution.
on June 12,2013 | 10:12AM
nuuanusam wrote:
You got it right!!
on June 12,2013 | 09:47AM
aomohoa wrote:
You are so wrong and should think before you speak. We need transparency. The government should be monitoring possible terrorist activities, not individuals or organizations that don't agree with there policies.
on June 12,2013 | 10:18AM
pcman wrote:
IRT allie on hero. Agree that Snowden is no hero. He is a traitor and actually marketing himself to get a signing bonus of millions and an annual salary of at least $200,000 plus medical and guaranteed security against extradition to the US. He went to HK because it is an integral part of the PRC as possible highest bidder for his knowledge and services. He has estimated that the risk he is taking will be worth much more than he has lost. The NSA will change all the protocols and accesses he had as an IT in NSA. So his use to the highest bidder may be limited to IT concepts, but not tactics, techniques and procedures to exploit the meta database.
on June 12,2013 | 10:27AM
honopic wrote:
So you're ok with the government spying on you, allie? Why am I not surprised?
on June 12,2013 | 01:08PM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Selfish and shallow. Is he your mentor?
on June 12,2013 | 01:59PM
ricekidd wrote:
IRS lies, Gov lies, President lies.... but someone who's a average Joe gets the shaft when he tries to reveal the truth. Truth is treason in America now I guess. Allie... remember they(NSA) is listening to your calls right know.
on June 12,2013 | 07:07AM
allie wrote:
They are welcome to listen in!
on June 12,2013 | 07:34AM
aomohoa wrote:
Are you willing to have them keep tabs on you when you disagree with the government and they decide you are a risk?
on June 12,2013 | 10:23AM
Goodmedivice wrote:
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on June 12,2013 | 11:02AM
allie wrote:
yup
on June 12,2013 | 12:50PM
honopic wrote:
As if anything you say or write has value!
on June 12,2013 | 01:13PM
pechanga wrote:
Agree
on June 12,2013 | 07:53AM
nuuanusam wrote:
The alphabet agencies do not have enough man power to listening in to everything. They will just act on suspicious exchanges. I got nothing to hide; if they want to listen in, so be it. It is way better than being blown into pieces by a terrorist bomb, I can still remember Boston vividly.
on June 12,2013 | 09:54AM
environmental_lady wrote:
Underground and subversive organizations use code language in phone calls and emails, so listening on them will not be always helpful in averting bombings. During World War II resistance groups used code language knowing that the Gestapo was listening in on their phone calls. What I fear is that an innocent phone call or email can be misinterpreted as subversion and i could be arrested on false premises. Just as much as you wouldn't want someone else to listen to a private conversation between you and your loved ones, why is it OK that government and so-called "Digital Blackwaters" can listen in on your most intimate conversations? Are you willing to give up on your privacy at any price?
on June 12,2013 | 12:04PM
kennysmith wrote:
now you got that right on the mark. RICEKIDD.
on June 12,2013 | 10:24AM
pcman wrote:
IRT ricekidd on NSA. There are laws and regulations that prohibit the collection of intelligence on "US persons," which includes American citizens, legal residents with Green Cards, and employees of American companies overseas. As Mr JamesClapper (Dir of Nat'l Intel) said, any information collected on US persons would have been by error. The data collected will only be exploited after a known terrorist's phone number or email request is approved by FISA
on June 12,2013 | 10:46AM
Anonymous wrote:
Anything one say about the government is now or was of a concern to the government is grounds for "investigation". Especially in this newspaper !!
on June 12,2013 | 07:28AM
pechanga wrote:
Agree
on June 12,2013 | 07:55AM
scooters wrote:
He's not an American Hero but rather an ACLU follower= A communist infiltrator= TRAITOR !
on June 12,2013 | 07:45AM
pechanga wrote:
Your opinion
on June 12,2013 | 07:55AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Am I missing something...defenders of the U.S. Constitution are Communists?
on June 12,2013 | 08:28AM
aomohoa wrote:
Scooters can't see beyond what his nose. Closed mind and doesn't realize the rights we could loss. He would do find living in Russia, where everyone is monitored and you better not disagree with authority.
on June 12,2013 | 10:28AM
Fred01 wrote:
And you have poi for brains.
on June 12,2013 | 10:13AM
honopic wrote:
I'm just guessing here, but I bet you thought Joe McCarthy was a hereo.
on June 12,2013 | 01:16PM
pechanga wrote:
Disagree
on June 12,2013 | 07:54AM
serious wrote:
As we blog, supposedly our Congress is being secretly briefed on this dilemma. I am sure Joe Biden will lead the charge to the microphones and let the world know what's going on.
on June 12,2013 | 08:18AM
cojef wrote:
Biden, as Senator, was strongly opposed to the "patriots act", claiming it was a clear violation of the Constitution. Many Contitutional lawyers agree with him. On the other side of the coin, Snowden signed an oath not to disclose his secret work or products. The dilemma, would not like to be in his shoes, but he did what he felt was his Constitutional duty.
on June 12,2013 | 10:15AM
Iuki wrote:
Does anyone find it ironic that he is seeking protection from Hong Kong, which has been hacking U.S. data for years and stealing our defense secrets? Interesting.
on June 12,2013 | 09:06AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I did.
on June 12,2013 | 10:43AM
nuuanusam wrote:
Since sovereignty returned to China, rule-of-law in Hong Kong is slowly eroding. Nevertheless, for some reason, anti-Americanism is running high in Hong Kong. This guy maybe able to stay there for awhile if he has the financial mean. Hong Kong is quite costly due to high real estate price.
on June 12,2013 | 09:51AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Yeah, right. Isn't this a version of the Manchurian Candidate? He'll defect to the PRC because he has to "save" us from our own government. Two wrongs (NSA surveillance and leakers) don't make a right.
on June 12,2013 | 10:07AM
kennysmith wrote:
to the people there in hawaii, to ALLIE and other he is a hero what he have did took guts to come out and tell the people of the usa about what our gov is doing. it is just like the FBI MEMO LETTER ABOUT THE USA HAVE HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE UFO THAT THE GOV HAS. so don't you all think you have did the same thing in his shoes?.
on June 12,2013 | 10:21AM
atilter wrote:
huh?
on June 12,2013 | 05:47PM
gobows wrote:
Need to hear more about how the Government is hurting us by listening in on our phone conversations. Let'm listen. Just catch the crazies before they do us harm.
on June 12,2013 | 10:24AM
Anonymous wrote:
Your actions have consequences, dear one. Stop cowering overseas. Come back and face justice among your fellow citizens, if you dare.
on June 12,2013 | 10:28AM
Goodmedivice wrote:
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on June 12,2013 | 10:44AM
honopic wrote:
Strike one!
on June 12,2013 | 01:19PM
atilter wrote:
one and out???
on June 12,2013 | 05:48PM
Goodmedivice wrote:
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on June 12,2013 | 10:58AM
honopic wrote:
Strike two! Want to go for three?
on June 12,2013 | 01:19PM
den1718 wrote:
He wanted to become a hero and broke the code of silence when he took this job and put American lives at stake by divulging the wiretap of communications of possible terrorist activity . Does the government have to let everyone in the world know what it is doing to curb terrorist activity ? IF felt he was doing a disservice he should have quit and just walk away . Now pay the price and not as a hero but a traitor.
on June 12,2013 | 11:51AM
hon2255 wrote:
He will end up like Jimmy Hoffa. Snowden deserves it!
on June 12,2013 | 12:06PM
Fred01 wrote:
You deserve it, traitor.
on June 12,2013 | 01:38PM
808behappy wrote:
I wonder how much the he was paid by the newspapers he leaked the information to?
on June 12,2013 | 12:45PM
Aieagrl wrote:
Another Patriot getting a bad rap and having to hide because the government wants to shut him up. Time to cancel cell phones and logout of the net and login to reality.
on June 12,2013 | 01:53PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Martyr or malcontent?
on June 12,2013 | 02:05PM
atilter wrote:
both??
on June 12,2013 | 05:50PM
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