The South China Morning Posts reports today that Edward Snowden said last night that he wants to remain in Hong Kong and let the courts and people there “decide my fate.” This is the first the world has heard from Snowden since he dropped out of sight shortly after disclosing information about NSA surveillance programs that have shocked the world.
“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. [SChinaMPost]
The article notes that “Beijing is likely to interfere in a likely extradition case.” However, it’s not clear, yet, how Hong Kong will respond.
The Hong Kong government has so far refused to comment on Snowden’s case. While many Hong Kong lawmakers, legal experts, activisits and members of the public have called on the city’s courts to protect Snowden’s rights, others such as Beijing loyalist lawmaker and former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said he should leave. [SChinaMPost]
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