South China Morning Post Exclusive Interview with Snowden: 'Not Hiding; Neither a Traitor nor Hero. I'm an American'Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:22
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
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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.
Huffpo screenshot: I Am Here To Reveal Criminality