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South China Morning Post Exclusive Interview with Snowden: 'Not Hiding; Neither a Traitor nor Hero. I'm an American'

Ex-CIA contractor speaks to reporter from secret location in Hong Kong, revealing fresh details of US surveillance, pressure on Hong Kong, snooping and cyber attacks on China.

by Sarah Graham | South China Morning Post | Wednesday, 12 June, 2013

Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden has spoken for the first time since blowing his own cover in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post.

The ex-CIA analyst has been holed up in secret locations in Hong Kong since fleeing Hawaii ahead of highly sensitive leaks revealing details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance of its citizens.

Snowden's actions have been both praised and condemned globally.

But he told Post reporter Lana Lam: "I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American."

Today, he reveals:

  • more explosive details on US surveillance targets
  • his plans for the immediate future
  • the steps he claims the US has taken since he broke cover in Hong Kong
  • his fears for his family

Continue:
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259335/exclusive...

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Udpate from dwalters:

South China Morning Post: Whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells SCMP: 'Let Hong Kong people decide my fate'

“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,” Snowden said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post.

“I have had many opportunities to flee HK, but I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong’s rule of law,” he added.

Snowden says he has committed no crimes in Hong Kong and has “been given no reason to doubt [Hong Kong’s legal] system”.

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

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259422/edward-sn...
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I am all for what he did

but why does he want Hong Kong to decide his fate?

Do they have tough extradition laws or something?

"Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it."- Ron Paul

Maybe

because it'd be tougher for the USG to 'disappear' him in a country like China...though the Chinese are quite fond of 'disappearing' acts themselves...

From a PR standpoint, it's a bad move. Maybe it's a personal or legal thing, or maybe part of something more. Whatever the case, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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And from what I understand...

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He knew he'd never get a fair trial in the US

Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the US, but not for espionage.

There is also a weird loophole in their law:

But there is at least one reason it could be incredibly shrewd: Hong Kong's asylum system is currently stuck in a state of limbo that could allow Snowden to exploit a loophole and buy some valuable time.

Simon Young, director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong, told GlobalPost that a decision delivered by Hong Kong's High Court in March of this year required the government to create a new procedure for reviewing asylum applications.

Until the government does this, he said, asylum seekers are allowed to stay in Hong Kong indefinitely.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific...

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Should have fled to Iceland, before he outed himself

Getting stuck in China is a really shitty error.

Fleeing to Iceland is like fleeing to Switzerland , fleeing to China screams espionage.

Like literally the worst PR choice of a Country to flee to.

Iceland is so pretty, women are hott, natural warm volcanic springs. WTF was he thinking going to a polluted autocracy? With a Billion people screaming for food, to call neighbors.

Dropped out of High School...yep.

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Unfortunately, Iceland is not safe

- Extradition treaty with the USA
- NATO member

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No Ed, your not a Hero or Traitor;

No Ed, your not a Hero or Traitor;

You provided proof positive confirmation, turning a Conspiracy Theory into an authentic Vast Government Conspiracy.

You Edward Snowden almost single handedly cost TPTB at minimum One Trillion Dollars in damage to their program.

You sir are an American Superhero!

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Wow. Good.

Denninger links to this article:

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/11/wyden-i-gave-clapper-t...

This is going to be a long, HOT summer.

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Covered by zerohedge + working link.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259422/edward-sn...
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-12/snowden-second-inte...

Snowden said last night that he had no doubts about his choice of Hong Kong.

“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,” Snowden said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post.

“I have had many opportunities to flee HK, but I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong’s rule of law,” he added.

Snowden says he has committed no crimes in Hong Kong and has “been given no reason to doubt [Hong Kong’s legal] system”.

“My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate,” he said.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-12/snowden-second-inte...

Site is down...

I've been trying to get to the article for about 20 minutes and the site is down. Is there anywhere else I can read the entire article?

I think their server is just overwhelmed with traffice

keep trying :)

here you go

works..

for me.

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Here's another link to add

Whistleblower Edward Snowden tells SCMP: 'Let Hong Kong people decide my fate' - http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259422/edward-sn...

to quote the article linking to this it said

Today, he reveals:

more explosive details on US surveillance targets
his plans for the immediate future
the steps he claims the US has taken since he broke cover in Hong Kong
his fears for his family

Where are those details? Is it to be continued?

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Thanks

It does appear that the first link I posted was just a teaser. And the end made it sound like they might only be publishing it in the print edition...

And as others have mentioned, the site is down now. So I can't see the link you posted, but will keep trying.

Thank you.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

I can access...

the short article, but the link that says read the full story doesn't work. I guess that's the print edition as you say? How does one get that?

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How do you get the print edition?

You have to be in Hong Kong, or a neighboring region.

I used to read it when I lived in Taipei.

Paging our Asian residents! Can we get a hi-res picture of the story when it breaks? Please?

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Thank you Michael

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OMG!! Big Brother must have gotten to the site

The "server is down". Or else too much traffic to handle. Damn!

It's back.Sorry

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