HONG KONG AP — The former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs said in a new interview in Hong Kong on Wednesday 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.
No one likes a tattletale. Didn’t Ed learn that in Kindergarten? He may be a tattletale, but I have to give the guy some credit. At least he still gives a shit.
I’m not quite certain exactly when I stopped caring. Maybe it was around the time Obama came up with the surge in Afghanistan. Not that I cared about Afghanistan, but I am thinking I stopped caring right around that time. Nowadays I can’t muster up the energy to care about anything more than what I am going to eat.
I admire Ed Snowden. He didn’t bother wasting $200,000 on college only to find himself living in his parents basement with no hope of every getting a job and his Student Loan balance growing by the minute. This guy was smart enough to know that college isn’t worth it. It sounds like he educated himself and made some really good money.
I wonder why the money wasn’t enough to keep this guy quiet. How much money would have been enough to shut Ed up? C’mon, everyone has a number. Don’t tell me you don’t have a number. My number is about $300.00. I’ll keep my mouth shut for a few hundred bucks.I’m not proud of it, but at least I can admit it.
Maybe Booz should have given Ed Bankster money. None of those fuckers are talking and lord knows they have done far worse shit than Ed. I bet Ed would still be quiet if he was getting a million a year.
We all know that the Brotherhood of Darkness is standing behind us as we are reading this. They have satellites that can peer through your bedroom window and they can listen in while you are signing in your car. You can’t sing very well by the way. If the BOD can pay a CEO enough money to keep his mouth shut, then they can afford to pay NSA systems engineers big time money. It’s worth it to keep them quiet.
It’s ironic that half the country is trying to get on a reality show and the other half is bitching about privacy. I can’t say that I think Ed is a traitor or did something treasonous. I think he got a little over zealous and thought he was cooler than he really is. But what he did doesn’t rise to the level of treason. Treason is helping an enemy. Ed just opened a window and let America see what was inside the server room.
He’ll get smoked by the government. They will gitmo his ass. They will slander his name all over the place. Uncle Sam will turn him from a do gooder into a terrorist. I feel bad for the guy. I’d buy him a few beers if I didn’t think it would get me in trouble.