American who leaked NSA secrets is a free man in Hong Kong - for now

Jun 12, 2013 - by - 0 Comments

June 12, 2013 By James Pomfret and Anne Marie Roantree

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, an American who has leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance programs, is technically free to leave the China-ruled city at any time, local lawyers said on Wednesday, but the ex-CIA employee said he would stay.

Snowden has not been charged by the U.S. government nor is he the subject of an extradition request. If Washington asks for his extradition, it will be decided in court.

"My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate," Snowden said in an interview to the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's main English-language newspaper. "I have been given no reason to doubt your system.

"I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality." Read More

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